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Taylorville Kiwanis Learn About Illinois' Artifact History


Pictured left to right: Doug Jackson and Kiwanian Brenda Spurling.


Doug Jackson, a semi-retired research archeologist with the Illinois State Archaeology Survey at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, was Tuesday’s guest speaker at the weekly meeting of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

Jackson presented a slide show with a trip thru Illinois’ pre-history, showing many pictures of artifacts that have been found in digs thru-out the state dating back some 13,000 years.

Jackson told the Kiwanis Club that there are some 50,000 archaeological sites in Illinois alone, showing different eras marked by different lifestyles of those living there at the time.

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Jackson added that there’s now evidence showing that corn—Illinois’ largest grain crop—wasn’t grown in the Midwest until 800 A. D. and that Illinois’ Indian tribes originally came from Ohio around 1600 A. D.

According to Jackson, most of the sites that have provided artifacts, have been near rivers where many Indian tribes traveled and lived.

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club reminds the public about this Saturday’s annual Pancake and Sausage Day from 6:30 til eleven in the morning at a new location, the Taylorville Moose Lodge. Tickets are available at the the door, and proceeds from the annual fund raiser benefit local Kiwanis projects for children and youth.

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.


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