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posted: 6/21/2013 2:01 PM

You can join MCC dig to uncover Illinois history

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Submitted by McHenry County College

Experience the thrill of uncovering items that no one has seen or touched in up to thousands of years with an archaeology field school offered by McHenry County College this summer. This archaeology dig takes place during two separate sessions, July 1-12 or July 15-26 at the Macktown Settlement near Rockton.

Students will work with Midwest Archaeological Research Services along the Rock River at the Macktown National Historic Site in the Macktown Forest Preserve. Students will encounter both historic and prehistoric artifacts that date from about 8,000 years ago to the time of European settlement at the William Shores house, which was built about 1842.

Students will learn how archaeologists actually collect and analyze data to understand the past. The excavation will be led by Rochelle Lurie, principal investigator with assistance by Steven A. Katz and Jay Martinez.

"It's just amazing when you uncover something that's been untouched for hundreds or thousands of years," said Judi Cameron, MCC anthropology instructor. "You will never forget that feeling."

Those interested in the archaeological dig may register for the Archaeology Field Study course (ANT 290) and pay the tuition costs, plus an additional $450 fee. Students will earn three credit hours upon successful completion of the field school. The site also has volunteer opportunities that includes both children and adult participation during the month of July.

Field school students have a choice of accommodations and commuting. Students may camp or sleep in the air-conditioned archaeological lab at Macktown, which is equipped with a refrigerator, microwave and sink. Students must supply their own food. Several grocery stores are within a short drive. Those who choose to commute must supply their own transportation.

To register, contact the MCC Registration Office at (815) 455-8588. For more information or volunteer opportunities, contact Judi Cameron at (815) 479-7869 or visit or