- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - Archaeologists and field technicians are spot-checking more than a thousand acres of Cook County forest preserves this year to learn about the people who lived on the land thousands of years ago.

The Chicago Tribune reports (https://trib.in/1Opb6Xg ) that researchers are digging for hand-fashioned arrow points and tools used by early inhabitants.

The county’s forest acreage offers an unusual opportunity to study the past. Other sites have been destroyed by development. Less than 20 percent of the forest preserve land has been surveyed by archaeologists over the years.

Now the forest preserve district has contracted with the Illinois State Archaeological Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois, to do a more rigorous study.

The work can ensure future projects won’t destroy indigenous settlement and hunting sites.


Information from: Chicago Tribune, https://www.chicagotribune.com

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