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Living History: The West Ridge Nature Park Archeological Survey

June 15 @ 6:30 pm 8:00 pm

Archeologists dig at West Ridge Nature Park

Did you know there is an archeological dig in at our very own West Ridge Nature Center? Not much is known about the indigenous peoples who occupied modern-day Chicago, and even less about the Bowmanville area.  What we do know is that the earliest evidence of human activity in Illinois dates back 13,000 years, at the end of the last Ice Age about 1000 years after the formation of the Great Lakes. 

In 2012, before development of the nature center began, the Illinois State Archeological Survey began testing the area. These initial “shovel tests” unearthed a plethora of arrowheads, knives, ceramics, and a possible cooking kit. Archeologists have since learned that the nature preserve was once home to a vast prehistoric village that may have been occupied thousands of years before European settlers stepped foot in the region.

Join us on Zoom to learn about the dig underway at the West Ridge Nature Center and other archeological projects in Cook County from Paula Bryant, archeological specialist with the Illinois State Archeological Survey. Ms. Bryant will also discuss how the geography and topology of the region affected the formation of villages and trails, and give us a richer understanding of the indigenous peoples who once occupied our neighborhood.

This Living History program is free and open to all. It’s a presentation you won’t want to miss.