ITARP and ATAM join INRS as new Division

Illinois State Archaeological Survey

Illinois State Archaeology Survey Building

February 1, 2010


I am pleased to announce that ITARP (Illinois Transportation Archaeology Research Program) and ATAM (Ancient Technologies and Archaeological Materials) have joined the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability to form the new Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS). Dr. Thomas Emerson has been appointed Interim Director of ISAS. This new State Scientific Survey brings together the programs and resources to better investigate, protect, preserve and interpret Illinois's rich archaeological heritage to meet long-term public needs. These programs were formerly hosted by the University's Department of Anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and will continue to be housed on campus at the Nuclear Physics Lab on Stadium Drive.

ISAS will strengthen the Institute as a state-wide provider of objective, integrated scientific research, service, and solutions to the citizens, businesses and decision-makers of Illinois in support of natural and cultural resource management and sustainable economic development. Drawing on more than eighty years of research at the University of Illinois, ISAS will preserve cultural resources within the context of sustainable economic development just as the ITARP and ATAM programs have done. This move better positions ISAS and the other Divisions of INRS to work jointly on existing Illinois Department of Transportation projects and to manage and respond to forthcoming stimulus package projects for the State of Illinois.

A new Scientific Survey at the University of Illinois, dedicated to preserving the archaeological heritage of the State, furthers its mission as a land grant University to serve society through the discovery and application of knowledge. As a Survey, the new organization will increase its commitment to serving the public aspects of archaeology including education and outreach.

ISAS is now a Division of INRS along with the Illinois Natural History Survey, Illinois State Geological Survey, Illinois State Water Survey, and the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

As executive director, I am pleased to have this opportunity to position INRS to take a leadership role in the preservation, protection, and interpretation of the state's rich cultural heritage.

William W. Shilts, Ph.D
Executive Director


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