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Rademaker, Kurt M.

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M.A. (Master of Arts)

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Department of Anthropology


Rock River Watershed (Wis and Ill); Indians of North America--Illinois--Antiquities


The focus of this thesis is on Historic Period Native American villages within the Middle Rock River. For the purpose of this thesis, the Middle Rock River is the portion of the Rock River valley in north central Illinois. There are very few sites in the Middle Rock River dating to the time when both Native Americans and Europeans/Euro-Americans occupied it. This is contrary to the several Native American villages recorded in historical documents. Why have these villages not been found archaeologically? Using historical documents, previous archaeological research and my own original research, I explore three explanations 1.) The sites are too ephemeral, 2.) reoccupation destroyed the sites, and 3.) the area has not been researched enough. Additionally, I use historical documents to answer questions of ethnicity, behavioral patterns and culture contact, all of which could be used in future research to create a predictive model to locate Historic Period Native American sites.


Advisors: Kurt Radmaker.||Committee members: Natalie Joy; Kendall Thu.||Includes bibliographical references.||Includes illustrations and maps.


93 pages




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