Engagement & Learning

The Contract Archaeology Program

The Contract Archaeology Program (CAP) has been serving northern Illinois for over a decade by conducting cultural resource assessments for private and governmental planning agencies so that they can readily comply with state and federal regulations regarding the treatment of archaeological remains.

The program employs a full-time staff of professional archaeologists who identify, evaluate, and excavate sites threatened by modern development. Field projects are conducted during spring, summer, and fall; laboratory work and analysis occupies most of the winter.

The CAP offers archaeological opportunities to interested students who can do field and laboratory work under the guidance of experienced supervisors. Research collections from many Illinois archaeological sites are curated by the CAP and are available for course work and research projects.

The program cooperates with interested groups to provide public speakers and opportunities to visit archaeological sites during excavation.