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About Jacob Skousen

I am a Research Scientist at the Illinois State Archaeological Survey and a part time instructor at Parkland College. I received my PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016. I have worked in several places in North America, including the Great Basin, Southwest, and the Midwest, but have also worked in Central American and the Middle East. My current research interests include the role of pilgrimage and other forms of population movement in the rise of Cahokia and the spread of Mississippian culture throughout the southeast. I am currently working on refining the chronology and settlement patterns of the Vincennes culture area in southeastern Illinois, with the eventual goal being to better understand the relationship between this region and Cahokia.

Positions

2018 - Present Instructor, Parkland College Social Sciences and Human Services
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2016 - Present Research Archaeologist 2019-Present; Visiting Research Archaeologist 2017-2018; Archaeological Analytical Specialist, 2016-2017, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ‐ Illinois State Archaeological Survey
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2010 - 2016 Teaching/Research Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ‐ Department of Anthropology
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Curriculum Vitae




Grants

2017 Permanent Fund Grant
Illinois Association for the Advancement of Archaeology
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2014 - 2015 Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: Pilgrimage and the Rise of Cahokia
National Science Foundation - BSC 1349157
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Tim Pauketat
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2019 - 2021 Board of Directors, Illinois Archaeological Survay
2017 - 2019 Committee Chair of Illinois Archaeology Awareness Month, Illinois Archaeological Survey
2017 - 2018 Search Committee Member, Illinois State Archaeological Survey
2013 Event Organizer, "Archaeology Day", Archaeology Student Society, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Honors and Awards

  • University Fellowship Award, Graduate College, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Spring 2015
  • Research Assistance Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, funded museum analysis of previous excavations and preliminary fieldwork at the Emerald site, Illinois, 2011

Courses

  • Anthropology 100: Introduction to Anthropology
  • Anthropology 200: Introduction to Archaeology
  • Anthropology 220: Field Archaeology

Education

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2016 Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ‐ Department of Anthropology
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2009 M.A., Brigham Young University - Provo ‐ Department of Anthropology
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2006 B.A., Brigham Young University - Provo ‐ Department of Anthropology
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Contact Information

Parkland College Department of Social Sciences and Human Services
2400 West Bradley Avenue, Champaign, IL 61821

Illinois State Archaeological Survey
23 E. Stadium Drive
209 Nuclear Physics Lab
Champaign, IL 61820