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Palos Site
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Location on the Cal-Sag Channel in Cook County near Chicago, Illinois
Area 5 acres

The Palos site (Ck-26) is located on the Cal-Sag Canal in Cook County, Illinois, United States, near the city of Chicago. It is classified as a Protohistoric to early Historic site with Upper Mississippian affiliation.

History of Archaeological Investigations

The site was excavated under the auspices of the Chicago Field Museum of Natural History by Cheryl Ann Munson and Patrick J. Munson as part of a six-week Anthropology Training Program for high aptitude high school students.


The Palos site yielded a small amount of artifacts but most importantly, it has yielded Upper Mississippian pottery in association with early Historic European trade goods. Based on the known dates of introduction of the artifacts, the excavators estimate that the date of occupation for this site is between 1673 and 1693.

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