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Don't miss Archaeology Field Day at Kincaid Mounds

  • The Kincaid Mounds are a rare archelogical site built by settlers from the Middle Mississippian period more than 1,000 years ago.

    The Kincaid Mounds are a rare archelogical site built by settlers from the Middle Mississippian period more than 1,000 years ago.
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Submitted by the Kincaid Mounds Archaeological Site
updated: 9/22/2021 4:05 PM

The Kincaid Mounds Archaeology Field Day program will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23 at the Kincaid Mounds Historic Site in Massac County.

The formal programs will begin at 10 a.m. with a presentation by Paul Welch, chairman and associate professor of Anthropology at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. That will be followed by a 1 p.m. presentation by Brian M. Butler, from the Department of Anthropology and Center for Archaeological Investigation at SIU-C (retired) and a member of the Kincaid Mounds Support Organization.

Part of the presentations includes an optional walking tour to Mound 8, for which hiking shoes are recommended. There will be Mississippian artifact displays, and information tables from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The program is free and there will be restroom facilities, but no refreshments sold.

This event is supported by a Public Amenities and Event grant from Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation.

The Kincaid Mounds Archaeological Site is a series of Mississippian Mounds located in Massac County. The Mounds are an Illinois Historic Site which is under the management of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

The Kincaid Mounds Support Organization volunteers their services for the preservation and management of the site. This historic site includes the Massac County Mounds with a public observation and interpretation area with newly installed interpretive panels providing information on the Historic Site.

The Kincaid Mounds are about 10 miles east of Brookport, Illinois, along the Ohio River Scenic Byway. From I-24, take the Metropolis/Brookport Exit, go east on U.S. 45 toward Brookport and before entering Brookport, turn left on Unionville Road. Go 6.25 miles through Unionville to New Cut Road. At New Cut Road turn right (south) and travel 3.6 miles to Kincaid Mounds Road turn left (east) on Kincaid Mounds Road and go 0.6 miles to the observation platform. GPS location is 37 4'47.10"N 8829'25.53"W.

Details on Kincaid Mounds Historic Site are at www.kincaidmounds.com or on Facebook at the Kincaid Mounds Support Organization.

 
 
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