22. Further Archeological Investigations At Lincoln Home National
Historic Site, Springfield, Illinois 1987 Restoration Project.
Noble, Vergil E.
During the summer of 1987, the National Park Service began a comprehensive
restoration project at the residence of Abraham Lincoln, within Lincoln Home
National Historic Site, Springfield, Illinois. An integral part of this
initiative were archeological investigations carried out over a 14-week
period following the June 1, 1987, start of construction. Those
investigations were intended to accomplish three goals: 1) locate and
protect historic archeological features known from previous excavations, 2)
monitor all construction activities that might impact upon any other
cultural resource in and about the Home, and 3) identify, evaluate, and
record all cultural resources encountered during the restoration project.
This report summarizes the archeological findings made at the Lincoln Home
while restoration efforts were under way. Many of these have direct
bearing upon the historical accuracy of the present restoration, as they
revealed heretofore unknown information about certain elements of the
structure. Other finds have less pertinence to the restoration, though
they do contribute to our understanding of changes made to the Home after
the Lincoln occupancy. In addition, the excavation of several utility
lines in the Lincoln yards and neighboring lots served to locate areas that
should be considered archeologically sensitive when any future ground
disturbance is contemplated within the park area.
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