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James M. Skibo                                        Gina Louise Hunter


AP photo/The Pantagraph, Lori Ann Cook-Neisler


James M. Skibo (PhD Arizona) is an archaeologist and Director of the Grand Island Archaeological Project. He currently does Great Lakes archaeology and teaches courses in prehistory, and archaeological method and theory.

Gina Louise Hunter (PhD Illinois) is a cultural anthropologist. She is Co-Director of the Ethnography of the University Initiative, has taught courses in ethnographic methods and oral history research, and has mentored students in field research in Brazil.


Graduate Students

Jessica Miller (2011-2013) was a Graduate Assistant for The Old Main Project and received her M.S. in Archaeology in May of 2013.

Jessica Miller, Old Main Graduate Assistant

Jessica Griffin (2009-2011) was a Graduate Assitant for the Old Main Project. She received her M.A. in Archeaology in 2012. Jessica managed the artifact analysis for the Old Main project. Artifacts include glass packaging from foods, beverages, and medicines excavated from a cistern located beneath the south entry of the Old Main building. The process involved the inventory, organization, cataloging, identification and description of glass sherds and bottles in the Illinois State Museum Old Main collection. Jessica investigated each glass item based on distinctive characteristics and compared these to the 1906 and 1920 Illinois Glass Company catalogs. When possible, she found images of the complete bottles, and incorporated them into her comprehensive inventory, which was used for the final interpretation.

In her thesis, Jessica answered research questions about the diet and medicinal practices of the students, faculty and staff who attended ISU from 1860 to 1932. To see the results of her research, read Jessica’s Master’s Thesis. To see a blog showcasing artifacts from her thesis analysis, click here:

Jessica Griffin examining glass bottles for the Old Main project as pictured in Illinois State University Alumni Magazine

Photo from Illinois State University Alumni Magazine, Cassie Monroe and Kate Arthur


J.T. Travis (2013) is a senior at ISU and anticipates his B.S. in Anthropology in May 2015.

David Watt (2012-2013) is a senior at ISU and anticipates his B.S. in Anthropology and B.A. in history in May 2013.

David Watt, Old Main Intern 2012

Zoe Prevatt (2012) was an intern for the Old Main Project and and anticipates her B.A. in History in May 2015.

George Micheletti (2012) was an intern for the Old Main Project and received his B.S. in Anthropology in May 2012.

George Micheletti, Intern for Old Main 2012

Deb Neidich (2010-2011) is an honors student and anthropology major, and has participated in the Grand Island Archaeological Field School and ISU's Study Abroad Program.

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Old Main Project
Normal, Il 61790-4660
Phone: (309) 438-8668

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