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Dr.Thomas E. Emerson, Director and State Archaeologist,  Illinois State Archaeological Survey

Date May 18, 2014
Time 2:00 pm  

Museum of the Grand Prairie




Museum of the Grand Prairie


Valerie Hall, Curator

Phone (217) 586-2612
Event type Lecture
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Dr. Emerson’s presentation will focus on the description and symbolism associated with a series of detailed, exquisitely carved red stone, primarily female figurines from the Cahokia area of southwestern Illinois that date to the 12th century A. D. The figurines project a range of themes including the Underworld, regeneration, and fertility through the depiction of female deities, plants (vines, flowers, and fruits), serpents, and mythical underwater monsters. Dr. Emerson and colleagues have conducted research into the source of the rare, spatially restricted stone (known as flint clay from eastern Missouri near St Louis) used to manufacture these figurines.

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