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Locally-Found Artifacts Identified and Dated

On Saturday, March 19th, Fairbury entertained a lot of folks from out of town. Prairie Lands Foundation hosted an event at the Dominy Memorial Library community room for anyone interested in learning more about Native American Culture.

“People came from all over the County… Cornell, Dwight, Chatsworth, all over,” says Bobbi McKeon, owner of Heart’s Desire and coordinator of the Specialty Shops group. “These folks were invited to bring in their artifacts to have them identified and dated.”

Dr. Mike Wiant, Director of Dickson Mounds, presented an interesting discussion dating back 10,000+ years ago. Contrary to the prior belief of many in the room, most of the artifacts found in the Livingston County area are not from the era of 300 years ago, but date back 8,000 or more years.

Mr. Wiant noted that the Oliver’s Grove area south of Chatsworth is a noted area in Native American history. Although there is a need for additional archeological study, there seems to have been an extraordinarily large pocket of population here, as evidenced by the many artifacts found in the fields south of Chatsworth. Due to weather conditions, and years of great drought, it appears that the area was not consistently populated.

There were local exhibits on display as well. Franklin Fosdick and Harlan Wessels shared their artifacts with the group. Many of these items were dated thousands of years ago, and some were very rare pieces.

“When we think of our local history, we typically think of a couple hundred years ago. However, it is fascinating to understand that local history actually dates back thousands of years,” says Bobbi.

“We have a lot to share with the world, and we are very fortunate to have a Foundation (Prairie Lands) in our area to help promote our history and welcome new people into our community,” Bobbi concludes.

As always, if you have any stories, ideas or suggestions for interesting topics about our community, please stop by Heart’s Desire, call Bobbi McKeon at (815) 692-4500 or email fairbury@fairburyILattractions.com.