ISAS Senior Archaeologists Receive Charles J. Bareis Award

Two of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey’s senior archaeologists, Kenneth Farnsworth and David Nolan, received the Illinois Archaeological Survey’s Charles J. Bareis Distinguished Service Award during the 60th annual Midwest Archaeological Conference held in Iowa City, Iowa. The award honors those individuals that have made significant contributions to Illinois archaeology.

“Farnsworth and Nolan exemplify the best characteristics of the discipline and of our Survey in their dedication to protecting, preserving, and interpreting the endangered archeological resources of the state, in engaging with local communities and the public; and in their enthusiastic promotion and participation in ISAS’ collaborative, team-based, research efforts,” said ISAS Director Thomas E. Emerson.


Ken FarnsworthAwardee Kenneth Farnsworth said, “It was an unexpected honor, and a really nice ‘tip of the iceberg’ award highlighting the value of some ISAS’s contributions to Illinois archeological preservation and research under Tom Emerson’s leadership.”

Farnsworth’s nearly 50-year career in Illinois archaeology began with the IDOT FAI-408 Project in western Illinois. He was a Director of the Contract Archeology Program from 1974 until he joined ISAS in 1998. There he served as Senior Research Editor and Senior Research Archaeologist until his retirement in 2016.

Farnsworth specializes in the archaeology of the Eastern Woodlands, with an emphasis on the Great Lakes-Riverine area of the northeastern United States. His research focuses on subsistence and trade in the midcontinent during late prehistoric times (the end of the Archaic period to the end of the Woodland period).

A dedicated publisher of archaeological information and ideas, Farnsworth has edited two fieldwork-focused publication series (Center for American Archeology Reports of Investigations and Technical Reports), and four overview archaeology volumes, which include Early Woodland Archeology (1986), Now Quite Out of Society (2002), Early Hopewell Mound Explorations (2004), and Illinois Hopewell and Late Woodland Mounds: The Excavations of Gregory Perino: 1950–1975.


Dave NolanAwardee David Nolan began his Illinois archaeology career in 1984 as a staff Archaeologist in the Contract Archeology Program at the Center for American Archeology in Kampsville, Illinois. In 1998, he joined ISAS as a District Archaeologist/Assistant Coordinator for the Western Field Station.

Nolan’s research centers on the archaeology of the North American Eastern Woodlands archaeology, specifically that of the Upper Mississippi River Valley region. He has worked in western Illinois for the past twenty years and his interests include lithic technology, settlement patterning, ceramic analysis, and cultural resource management. His body of work includes analysis and reporting from nearly the full range of aboriginal and initial Euro-American activity in western Illinois.

Nolan was also one of the lead archaeologists on the Fort Johnson project in Warsaw, Illinois. He and others conducted archaeological excavations that revealed a military fort from the War of 1812. Nolan published and presented several papers relating to the excavations and research at Fort Johnson. Upon receiving the Charles J. Bareis award, Nolan credited his colleagues for his success.

“You are only as good as the people that you work with. I am indeed fortunate to have worked for and with so many dedicated and talented archaeologists over the years. I humbly accept this award on their behalf because they have contributed in one way or another to whatever success I have achieved in our chosen field of study,” he said.


The Charles J. Bareis Award for Distinguished Service is given annually to outstanding archaeologists who have made significant contributions to the discipline. Charles (Chuck) J. Bareis (Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois) was an important figure in midcontinental North American cultural resources management archaeology. His research projects generated more than half of ISAS’ Cahokia holdings as well as extensive transportation archaeology collections. Bareis was a key member of the Illinois archaeological community from 1959 until his retirement in 1994.

The Illinois State Archaeological Survey is a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Their mission is to investigate, preserve, and interpret the archaeological heritage of Illinois within the contexts of long-term public needs and economic development through scientific research, landscape preservation, public service, education, and outreach activities.