Prairie Research Institute

Prairie Research Institute

skip to events

calendar tabs

  •  All 
  • Month
  • Week
  • Day
  • (Selected tab) Detail

Event Detail Information

SpeakerDr.Thomas E. Emerson, Director and State Archaeologist,  Illinois State Archaeological Survey
Date May 18, 2014
Time 2:00 pm  
Location Museum of the Grand Prairie
Cost Free
Sponsor Museum of the Grand Prairie
Contact Valerie Hall, Curator
Phone (217) 586-2612
Event type Lecture
Views 17

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.

link for robots only

PRAIRIE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
615 E. Peabody Drive, MC-650
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: 217-333-5111
Fax: 217-244-1542
prairie@illinois.edu

        Terms of use         Privacy statement         Login


Email the Web Administrator with questions or comments.
© 2016 University of Illinois Board of Trustees. All rights reserved.
For permissions information, contact the Prairie Research Institute.