With little digging, they have had access to artifacts from many different time periods.
If one looks at the Mier collection, one immediately sees that there is a whole lot of time represented, sort of compressed on this landscape, explained Wiant.
Lacking geological markers, archaeologists and anthropologists apply their knowledge of historical developments and technological advances to separate artifacts of different time periods from each other. this technology moved across this country with lightning speed from an archaeological perspective, Wiant explained.
The landscape on which Fermilab is located doesnt provide such clues.
It has basically remained unchanged for more than 10,000 years.
I would suspect that many of the main villages of these people were closer to the [Fox and Du Page] river valleys.
Wiant has explored Native American culture and history in Illinois for more than 30 years.
Taking a quick inspection of the Mier collection, Wiant identified five pieces that are perhaps more than 10,000 years old, dating back to the Paleo-Indian time period.
This makes Fermilab one of only 400 sites in Illinois with archaeological artifacts dating back to the earliest time of Native American culture in the state.Its a collection that has been used, and it reflects use over time. We try to tell time, we try to tell something about the technology, we try to tell something about the group of people, the culture that was involved in the manufacturing of these pieces and the use of them.All of those things become part of the formula of looking at a body of artifacts and trying to draw conclusions about who lived here.ew people can claim to have been collectors for more than 80 years. From the age of six, Augie collected archaeological artifacts in the Batavia area as well as across the United States.According to his own estimates, Mier collected more than 6,500 spear-and arrowheads.But once people got wind of it, it spread from the east coast to the west coast in just a few hundred years.