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Durst, Patrick R

Senior Research Archaeologist
ABFS Statewide Survey Coordinator

Address and Contact Information

Anthropology/itarp
209 Nuclear Physics
M/C 571
 

Education

B.A. Anthropology, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

Academic Interests

Midwestern Archaeology; French Colonial and European-American settlement of Illinois; Late Woodland Upland Settlements; Terminal Late Woodland culture, Mississippian formation. During my time at ISAS I have had the good fortune of working throughout the state on an assortment of prehistoric and historic period sites. Prehistoric sites range from small ephemeral Archaic period occupations all the way to excavations at the massive East St. Louis Mound Complex. Historic sites include everything from eighteenth century French colonial settlements to the investigation late nineteenth and early twentieth century East St. Louis neighborhoods. Although I have a general interest in all aspects of Illinois archaeology, my main area of emphasis is on Illinois History. I would like to continue research and writing in regards to French Cahokia, but welcome the opportunity to examine a seldom-explored industrial center.

Research Interests

Following the conclusion of Mississippi River Bridge Project fieldwork in East St. Louis, I began the initiation of an inventory and analysis for all historic materials collected during the project. This includes artifacts collected from ca. 1865-1920s features at more than a half dozen sites in East St. Louis. The goals of the inventory are to establish the quantity, quality and context of all collected artifacts while developing research goals for the final report. Preliminary questions are focused on the quality of life for the working class in a turn of the century industrial center. I also have the goal of analyzing and reporting investigations within Lot 23 of 11S1802 in French Cahokia. During this small project the potential remains of the poteaux-sur-sole home of Francois Trotier were located.

Professional Affiliations

Midwest Archaeological Conference
Southeastern Archaeological Conference
Illinois Association for the Advancement of Archaeology
Illinois Archaeological Survey
Center for French Colonial Studies

Selected Publications

Durst, Patrick R. and Dwayne L. Scheid (editors)
2020 The New Mississippi River Bridge Project: Late Victorian and Early Modern Occupations 1880-1930. New Mississippi River Bridge Technical Report No. 9. Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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2019 Archaeological Investigations at the No Danger Site (11MS1636) for the FAP-310 Project. Archaeological Testing Short Report No. 503. Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

2018 Late Woodland and Early Mississippian Occupations at the John Knoebel Site in the Silver Creek Uplands of St. Clair County, Illinois. Technical Report No. 175. Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

2017 Investigating the Lot of Francois Trotier in French Cahokia. Illinois Archaeology 29:355-380.

2017 Evidence of Early Nineteenth Century Settlement Along Shoal Creek. Illinois Archaeology 29:431-446.

2016 Archaeological Investigations of the Historic Component at Site 11MS526 (Ray's Bluff) for the FAP-310 Project, Madison County, Illinois. Archaeological Testing Short Report No. 471. Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

2015 Archaeological Investigations at the Gypsy Rose Lee Site (11MS2410) for Spring Valley Road Improvements. Archaeological Testing Short Report No. 463. Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

2014 Archaeological Investigations at the French Cahokia Village Site (11S1802) Lot 23, Log 24, and Public Square for Cargill Road Improvements. Archaeological Testing Short Report No. 455. Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

2010 Revisiting the Trotier Site in French Cahokia. Illinois Archaeology, Volume 22 (1): 166-185.

2009 Excavations at the Trotier Site: French Cahokia, St. Clair County, Illinois. Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program Research Reports No. 122, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

2008 Investigations in French Colonial Cahokia at the Jarrot Nordique Site (11S1741). Le Journal 24(3):1-6.

2007 A Jesuit Ring from the Jarrot Nordique Site. Illinois Antiquity 42(3-4):26-28.

Selected Papers Presented

Durst, Patrick R. Robert G. McCullough, and Thomas J. Loebel

2018 The Mitchell Initiative: Archaeological Investigations in the Greater Mitchell Mounds Region of the American Bottom. Poster presented at the Midwest Archaeological Conference, October 4-6, South Bend, Indiana.

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2017 Discovery of the Gilles Madeaux Homestead in Lebanon, Illinois. Poster presented at the Midwest Archaeological Conference, October 19-21, Indianapolis, Indiana.

2015 Investigating the Lot of Francois Trotier in French Cahokia. Poster presented at the Midwest Archaeological Conference, November 5-8, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

2014 Understanding the Privy Vault: A Synthesis of the Morphological Transformation Through Time. Paper presented a the Prairie Research Institute Lighting Symposium, March 19, Champaign, Illinois.

Durst, Patrick R., Miranda L. Yancey, and Dwayne Scheid
2012
 The History of East St. Louis, Illinois, and a Synopsis of the Historic Archaeology of the New Mississippi River Bridge Project. Paper presented at the 69th meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, November 8-10, 2012, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Durst, Patrick R. and Miranda L. Yancey
2012
 ISAS Archaeology in French Cahokia. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Historic Archaeology Conference, October 5, 2012, Champaign, Illinois.

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2011
 East St. Louis Forgotten: Archaeological Investigations at Three Turn of the Century Sites in East St. Louis, Illinois. Paper presented at the 29th Annual Symposium on Ohio Valley Urban and Historic Archaeology, March 26, 2011, Wartburg, Illinois.

Durst, Patrick R. and Miranda Yancey
2010
 East St. Louis Forgotten: Archaeological Investigations at Three Turn of the Century Sites in East St. Louis, Illinois. Paper presented at the Midwest Archaeological Conference, October 21-24, 2010, Bloomington, Indiana.

Durst, Patrick R.
2009
 Archaeological Investigations at the DeBaun Site (11MS2258): An Early Nineteenth Century Homestead in Northern Madison County, Illinois. Paper presented at the Midwest Archaeological Conference, October 15-18, 2009, Iowa City, Iowa.

2007 The Jarrot Nordique Site: New Investigations in French Colonial Cahokia. Paper presented at the Midwest Archaeological Conference, October 4-6, 2007, South Bend, Indiana.

Galloy, Joseph M., Patrick Durst and Jeffery D. Kruchten
2006
 The Janey B. Goode Site (11MS1232): Recent Investigations and New Insights into the Terminal Late Woodland Period. Paper presented Illinois Archaeological Survey/Midwest Archaeological Conference, October 12-14, 2006, Urbana, Illinois.

Durst, Patrick R., and Brad Koldehoff
2004
 Recent Investigations at the Loyd Site (11MS20): A Terminal Late Woodland Settlement in the Northern American Bottom. Paper presented at the Midwest Archaeological Conference/Southeastern Archaeological Conference, October 20-23, 2004, St. Louis, Missouri.

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