Remote sensing survey of Giant City Stone Fort
Southern Illinois contains 11 stone constructions where Late Woodland (NOT Middle Woodland) peoples walled off all or parts of the tops of steep ridge tops between 450-900 AD. The jury is still out on the purpose of these constructions, which may not all have been built for the same reason. SIUC Anthropology MA student Jameson (Jamie) Yong is going to solve this issue by conducting the first ever remote sensing ground penetrating (GPR) and magnetometer surveys at five of the stone forts for his MA thesis! His non-intrusive (no digging!) research may reveal if "anomalies" that could represent prehistoric features are located inside of the walls at the various fort sites. Yesterday Jamie traveled to the smallest of the stone forts (Giant City) at which SIU conducted test investigations in 1992 for IDNR. These revealed that the interior of the stone fort is amazingly intact with a high potential for containing numerous pit features. Jamie's research at Giant City is still in progress with no conclusions as of yet although we did get a lot of nice pictures!!