Live Web-cast of Fermilab colloquium, Sept. 25: Native American culture in the Fox River Valley

BATAVIA, Ill.– Dr. Michael Wiant, Curator of Anthropology at the Illinois State Museum, will offer a colloquium presentation at the Department of Energy’s Fermilab on Wednesday, September 25, at 4 p.m. His lecture, “Ancient Fermilab: The Mier Collection of Native American Artifacts,” will be available on a live Web-cast

Dr. Wiant’s lecture will explore the development of Native American culture in the Fox River area. His talk will feature Native American artifacts from the August Mier collection, which includes artifacts found on the Fermilab site as well as other locations in the region. The findings provide perspective on ancient lifeways in the area, from hunting now-extinct ice-age mastodon to the development of agriculture.

Dr. Wiant has explored Native American culture and history in Illinois for 30 years. He has written over 75 reports on state archaeological projects, and he has published a number of articles on Illinois archaeology. His colloquium is offered in connection with a week-long series of public lectures, tours and discussions at Waubonsee Community College (, and it is part of a number of events in observance of Illinois Archaeology Awareness Month.

The Fermilab colloquium will take place at One West in the Wilson Hall Atrium. It is free of charge. Visitors are required to enter Fermilab through the west entrance (Kirk Road and Pine Street), where they can obtain a visitor’s pass to attend the colloquium.

To watch the colloquium in real-time on the Web, please visit the Fermilab homepage ( at the time of the colloquium. The archived video will be available at

Fermilab is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory, operated by Universities Research Association, Inc.

Media contact
  • Kurt Riesselmann, Fermilab Office of Communication,, 630-840-3351