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Below is a list of of events, training sessions, and conferences that ISTC is involved in. Check back here regularly since this list is updated often.

Illini Gadget Garage Recycled Holiday Crafting Event

December 3, 2016 , Time: 1 to 3 PM CST
Illini Gadget Garage (1833 S. Oak St., Champaign, IL 61820)
Type: Event

Join the Illini Gadget Garage and create holiday ornaments, gifts, cards, and more from old tech and recycled items! We'll have refreshments available at this free event! If you're not into crafting, join our volunteers and staff for some tech talk, or come to learn more about the Gadget Garage. Happy Holidays!

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CERL-ISTC Exchange Forum: Archaeological methods and research

December 5, 2016
CERL 2902 Newmark Drive in Champaign
Type: Event


The next CERL - Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) Technical Information Exchange Forum is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 5 from 11:30-1 pm, and it will be in the Executive Conference Room (ECR) of CERL. For visitors, CERL is located at 2902 Newmark Drive in Champaign

The focus of this particular forum will be on archaeological methods and research. There will be two 20 minute presentations and then time for discussion. You can bring your lunch to the forum if you would like and light refreshments will be available. There will be a tour of CERL after the forum for those interested. All PRI staff and U of I faculty and staff are welcome to attend. Please invite others you know who may be interested in this topic. We are having speakers from other units of PRI besides ISTC to cover more topics and look for additional areas for collaborations.

Those planning to attend should provide their names and affiliations to Frank Holcomb at CERL ( prior to the forum by Dec. 2. Foreign nationals who wish to participate in person require approval in advance and should check with Frank Holcomb as soon as possible to initiate a visit request.

Important note:

CERL will no longer be able to use as a sole source ID, any Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Washington and America Samoa driver's license and ID cards. They can however accept an Illinois license/ID card in conjunction with a University of Illinois "I" card, Illinois FOID card, Passport, Conceal carry permit (no weapons though), and VA cards. So be sure to bring along 2 forms of ID as listed here if you are going to the CERL-ISTC forum on Dec. 5.

The two talks will be:

Seeing Beneath the Ground: Geophysics and Recent Archaeological Explorations and Discoveries in Illinois

Presented by Dr. Thomas J. Loebel, Cultural Resource Coordinator, Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Prairie Research Institute, UIUC

Over the last two decades geophysical remote sensing technology has become increasingly available to a variety of researchers working in a number of disciplines. To this end, these non-invasive techniques have found a home in the field of archaeology, where the traditional "dig, document, destroy" methodology is giving way to site preservation, avoidance, or carefully targeted excavation. The Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS) has recently incorporated geophysics into its routine survey methodology, allowing for the identification of sites that contain intact subsurface deposits without the traditional time and expense associated with expansive excavations. It also allows for the gathering of information on the nature and extent of archaeological deposits without the need to disturb sites, ultimately enabling ISAS to provide accurate and cost effective information for best land management practices to its public and private partners. In this short talk, I will detail several case studies in the use of geophysics in recent survey and research projects on several unique archaeological sites in Illinois.

The Mythic Mississippi: A Potential U.S. Inscription on UNESCO's World Heritage List

Presented by: Dr. Helaine Silverman, Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, UIUC

The Mississippi. It is the river of culture, civilization and commerce that generated the greatest precolumbian civilization in North America as well as being foundational in the later United States. A river of transcendental importance regionally, nationally and internationally. And a river that features large in the American imagination. In recognition of the history and mythology that have played out around the river, Helaine Silverman (Anthropology, UIUC) and Paul Kapp (Historic Preservation, UIUC) have conceived a major research project entitled, appropriately, "The Mythic Mississippi." This talk presents the outline of this long-term, multi- and interdisciplinary project, which is intended to involve collaborations between teams of academic and professional researchers and to ultimately lead to the nomination of the Mississippi to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Pilot research is targeting two places along the Illinois stretch of the river: Nauvoo, a town of key importance in the Mormon experience and Cahokia, America's greatest archaeological site and already inscribed on the World Heritage List. This project has the potential to generate economic development of river towns around tourism and to serve as an exceptionally significant case study of cultural resource promotion and management in the understudied context of a developed country.

Contact Information:
Contact: Frank Holcomb

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