Renew your membership for 2022

☛ Two new rules on NAGPRA from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ( and

☛ The Spatial Archaeology Residential and Online Institute (SAROI) offers 16 emerging scholars in archaeology and heritage management advanced training in spatial methodologies (More info and online application by January 20, 2022)

☛ 2021 Indiana Archaeology Volume 15 Number 1 is Now Available Online (View PDF)

☛ Congratulations to Bill Green and Don Weir as 2021's Distinguished Career Award recipients!

☛ Midwest Archaeological Conference/University of Notre Dame Press Dissertation Award for 2021 is Dr. Justin Carlson (University of Kentucky)

ISAS Publications Sales back online!

New Videos on Archaeology of Personhood and Soul Concepts of Pre- and Post-contact Indians of the Eastern Woodlands (direct link to videos, full notice with symposium details)

 Online guide to “Talking About Race,” designed by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (webpage)

☛ Introducing a new book series Midwest Archaeological Perspectives

MAC Membership Renewal- Webinar

Dear MAC Members,

Now is the time to renew your membership.  We encourage everyone to consider the benefits of membership in MAC including our excellent peer reviewed journal, the Midwest Archaeological Perspectives series, and upcoming meeting opportunities to connect with colleagues.  

Please view this recorded webinar (from December 11, 2020), and then renew your membership.

View the Recorded Webinar

As part of membership renewal for the MAC Board requires self-certification of either participation in the December 11, 2020 webinar or later viewing of the recorded session:

Webinar Agenda

Advancing Archaeology by Adopting Modern Thinking

  • Understanding the impacts of ignoring racism and sexism in archaeology—in field settings, agencies, consulting, business, and on campuses
  • Understanding why valuing racial and gender difference and inclusion advances archaeological work and centralizes the importance of the profession

Advancing Archaeology by Embracing Racial and Gender Equity and Inclusion

  • Identifying productive racial and gender mindsets and behavior in archaeological education, professional workspaces, and field settings.

Advancing Archaeology Through Action

  • Strategies for creating invitational, diverse, and equitable archaeological educational and workspaces and professional relationships.
  • Strategies for successfully navigating conflict related to race and gender among colleagues.
  • Strategies for recruiting and retaining women and BIPOC archaeologists to the profession and MAC.


Jan Brashler         
President, Midwest Archaeological Conference            

John Doershuk
Chair, MAC Anti-harassment Task Force
Past President, Midwest Archaeological Conference

ISAS Publications Sales back online!

After a long year of halted publications sales due to covid restrictions and other issues, ISAS is proud to announce most of our publications are back on Amazon for purchase including:

  • Orendorf Settlement D: A Burned Fortified Mississippian Town in the Central Illinois River Valley
  • Possible Futures for the Recent Past: A Chronological and Resource-Based Framework for Historic Site Research Design in Illinois

Note: a few books are currently unavailable because during our absence, some sellers on Amazon mistakenly thought our books were “out of print” and have increased prices to, in some cases, over a $1000, and so our listings have been put on hold for improper pricing until we can get the issue resolved. Currently, this only affects 4 books, but hopefully they will be back on Amazon within a week or so. The books currently unavailable are:

  • At Home in the Illinois Country: French Colonial Domestic Site Archaeology in the Midwest 1730–1800 
  • Protohistory at the Grand Village of the Kaskaskia: The Illinois Country on the Eve of Colony
  • Bottled in Illinois: Embossed Bottles and Bottled Products of Early Illinois Merchants from Chicago to Cairo, 1840–1880
  • The Vaughn Branch and Old Edwardsville Road Sites: Late Stirling and Early Moorehead Phase Mississippian Occupations in the Northern American Bottom

Thanks so much for your patience during the past year. We attempted to do a limited distro for a while but it quickly got too overwhelming to complete in a timely fashion. If you tried to order previously, please order again via Amazon. We’ll be reaching out to folks who have emailed in the past, but it will take some time to get through the backlog of emails and simply ordering through Amazon is going to be your quickest route to ISAS publications on your doorstep. I have attempted to include people who have emailed me over the past year, so apologies for any duplicate emails.

Publications Manager
Illinois State Archaeological Survey | Prairie Research Institute

New Videos on Archaeology of Personhood and Soul Concepts of Pre- and Post-contact Indians of the Eastern Woodlands

Dear Colleagues:

I hope this finds you in good health and spirits. It is a pleasure to announce the online posting of a set of videos that present research on the topics of personhood and soul-like essences as conceived by pre- and post-contact Indians of the Eastern Woodlands and as used ritually and strategically by them in their lives.

The videos include nine researchers’ and two discussants’ presentations written for a symposium for the 85th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Austin, Texas, April 23, 2019.  When the meetings were canceled, we constructed the videos as an alternative means of sharing our ideas with the profession.

The contents of the symposium videos and contact information for the participants are summarized in the linked PDF.

The videos have applicability to subjects beyond Eastern Woodland Indians archaeology and ethnography.  They will be of interest to those who study the archaeology and ethnography of New World indigenous peoples, the archaeology of religion, mortuary archaeology, bioarchaeology, identity, folklore, performance, comparative religion, and the “ontological turn” movement in archaeology.

The videos can be viewed at:

Feel free to show all or any of the videos for teaching purposes in your college and/or professional classes.

Please pass on this announcement to colleagues of yours who might have an interest in it for their research or teaching.  Thank you. 

Wishing you the best,
     Chris Carr

Christopher Carr
Professor Emeritus of Anthropology
School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85281-2402

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