MATTOON -- Area archaeologist Dr. B. Jacob Skousen is set to present A Walk Through the Pre-Columbian History of Southeastern Illinois on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at the Lake Land College Theater.

“We know relatively little about the distant past in southeastern Illinois. The limited available archaeological evidence indicates that this region was inhabited for the last 10,000 years and has a dynamic and complex history,” Skousen said.

Skousen will discuss the results of his current research at the Otter Pond site, located along the Embarras River which dates to roughly 1100 to 1500 C.E. This site was the largest town in the region and may have been built to mimic the city of Cahokia, located nearly 150 miles away.

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The public is welcome to attend the free event.

For more information contact Skousen at bskousen@illinois.edu.

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