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Welcome to the Illinois State Historical Sociey's online store. Over the years the Society has accumulated many books and since it is neither a research center nor a lending library, we have created this Store to make these books available for purchase. Most are single title items in like new condition. In addition to books, we are also offering for sale back issues of the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society and Illinois Heritage, art work, and stationery. All proceeds from these sales will be used to support the Illinois State Historical Society.

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*Most of the books for sale are new or very gently used and in extremely good condition.  If you have any specific questions, please feel free to call the office at 217-525-2781, Ext. 1.

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Discover Illinois Archaeology -
Discover Illinois Archaeology

Illinois’ rich cultural heritage began more than 12,000 years ago with the arrival of the ancestors of today’s Native Americans. We learn about them through investigations of the remains they left behind, which range from monumental earthworks with large river-valley settlements to a fragment of an ancient stone tool. After the arrival of European explorers in the late 1600s, a succession of diverse settlers added to our cultural heritage, leading to our modern urban communities and the landscape we see today. Archaeological studies allow us to reconstruct past environments and ways of life, study the relationship between people of various cultures, and investigate how and why cultures rise and fall.


It is hoped that by reading this summary of Illinois archaeology, visiting a nearby archaeological site or museum exhibit, or participating in Illinois Archaeology Awareness Month program each September, you will become actively engaged in Illinois’ diverse past.


Published by: 
Illinois Association for Advancement of Archaeology
Illinois Archaeological Survey

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