Illinois Archeology Awareness Month
This year's theme is:
You're Just my Type!
Artifact Typology, Form and Function
The 2016 poster.
Click individual groups for a close-up or the following link for the
entire poster pdf.
Archaeologists organize artifacts into types based
on the category of material (such as stone, clay, or bone), possible
function or functions based on morphology and type of modification. Once
critical for determining chronological sequences, artifact types, along
with their associated contexts provide insights into the technological
and social realm of past societies. How have recent studies of detailed
material composition, use wear, and deposition context broadened our
view of artifact interpretation? What is the role of experimental
archaeology in altering previous classifications? What kinds of
artifacts, once overlooked, are now analyzed to provide new information
How do we interpret unexpected or unusual artifacts that do not fit in
with our preconceived notions? We hope that you enjoy this year's
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Committee Chair) (email@example.com)
or Karen Atwell
All exhibits and programs related to archaeology
in Illinois will be included.
Thank you for participating in Illinois
Archaeology Awareness Month! If you know someone who is interested in
obtaining their own copies of this year's poster (or past posters), they
may contact Joseph Wheeler or Eve Hargrave (firstname.lastname@example.org).