Archaeological Investigations at the Ernat Site

Publication: Illinois Archaeology, Vol. 28

Author: Brian Adams

Date of Publication: 2016

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In the spring of 1987, archaeological excavations were conducted within a portion of the Ernat site (11LS267), a multicomponent habitation located in the floodplain on the south side of the Illinois River immediately east of Starved Rock State Park. As a result, several pit and rock concentrations and two possible basin structures were identified within the general midden deposits distributed across the site. Although preliminary field and laboratory identifications suggested Early Archaic through Upper Mississippian occupations, the majority of remains appear to pertain to the Middle and Late Woodland periods.