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Alumni- 2000

 Patrick Durst

I graduated from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville following the 2000 Spring Semester receiving my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology with a minor in English. 

During the 1999 Summer Semester, while an undergraduate student, I had the opportunity to participate in the SIUE Archaeology Field School under the direction of Dr. Matthew Emerson. The school took place in Wachapreague, Virginia along the Eastern Shore and provided an opportunity to learn Colonial Period historic archaeology. Strong emphasis was placed on archaeological field and laboratory methods ranging from feature excavation to artifact identification and analysis. In addition, I conducted historic document research in North Hampton County and Accomack County where two of the oldest archives in the country are present. 


Following Graduation I was employed by the University of Illinois through the Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program (ITARP). I began as a field hand conducting archaeological surveys and field excavations within the American Bottoms region of Illinois. In 2001, I became a crew chief and started supervising site excavations within the area. I have since worked on and supervised the excavation of more than 100 sites throughout the state of Illinois. During this time I gained experience at prehistoric sites ranging from Early Archaic to Oneota and at historic sites dating from the French Colonial period through the Civil War era.

I am presently a Cultural Resource Archaeologist and my daily responsibilities include writing reports, conducting artifact analysis and directing the mitigation of archaeological sites associated with public and private developments. I have also written several papers, articles and presentations in association with archaeological conferences and publications. While I enjoy all aspects of archaeology, I have a strong interest in expanding my knowledge of historic period settlements. My current research interests are founded in the French Colonial occupation of Illinois Country

Pat Cavanaugh

Degree: BS in Anthropology, 2000

I graduated in 2000, with a B.S. in Anthropology specializing in archaeology. My senior project, in conjunction with the Undergraduate Research Academy, was to identify the Woodland and Mississippian faunal components of an area of the Olin archaeological site in Wood River. Dr. Sidney Denny was my mentor on this project. I attended SIUE's archaeology field school on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with Dr. Matt Emerson in 1998.

I am currently very busy working full-time at the Center for American Archeology (not a misspelling!) in Kampsville, IL, as the collections manager and an educator. Yes, I actually get paid to make baskets,cordage,ceramics, and to flintknap.

I taught two semesters of World Regional Geography at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey last year and loved doing it, but job constraints prevented me from doing it this year.

Along with working at the CAA, I am a graduate student at SIUE in the Geography Department specializing in physical geography, although logistical problems have kept me out of classes for awhile. Got to get back to that, I am only 3 classes from finishing! I am also starting work on a Masters of Arts in Education on-line. It's difficult to get to campus as I live and work in a very (VERY) rural area and it's a long drive to anywhere!

If you're ever in Calhoun County, look me up, and check out CAA's website at

(Of course, my greatest joys are my two granddaughters, but don't even get me started on that!)

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