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Richardson Lecture Series: The Prehistory of “The Feathered Tempest”

Date: Monday, September 8th, 2014

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: SC 150,
Center for the Sciences

Contact: Dan Bartlett,

Environment, Extinction, and History – The 2014 Richardson Lecture Series

The lecture series is supported by the Richardson Lecture Fund, named in honor of former History Professor Robert “Dickie” Richardson, and the Mellon Foundation Labs Across the Curriculum grant.

The Prehistory of “The Feathered Tempest”:  Passenger Pigeon Zooarchaeology in the Upper Midwest

Steven Kuehn


Illinois State Archaeological Survey Prairie Research Institute

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Aldo Leopold’s description of passenger pigeon abundance in the 19th century aptly describes their great numbers and ecological impact in the Historic era. But what role did the passenger pigeon play during the Prehistoric period in eastern North America?  Pigeon finds from the archaeological record of Illinois and Wisconsin, including recent discoveries from the American Bottom, provide insight on the prehistory of the passenger pigeon.

Co-sponsored by Three Rivers Archeological Society and the Beloit College Department of Anthropology

Steven R. Kuehn is a Faunal Analyst/Archaeologist with the Illinois State Archaeological Survey’s Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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