A prehistoric stone tool discovered during a recent archeological dig at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. (Courtesy of Bill Parkinson)

With new tools at their disposal, archeologists are revisiting a prehistoric site discovered 40 years ago at what’s now Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. “What we have here is a real unique opportunity to talk about how humans used this landscape over the last 10,000 years,” one researcher said. 

The Field Museum’s new pop-up “Dig Site” (333 N. Michigan Ave.) aims to replicate a location where paleontologists might search for fossils. (Courtesy The Field Museum)

After teasing social media by announcing the discovery of “unprecedented” dinosaur fossils under a Michigan Avenue storefront, the Field Museum unveiled a new pop-up exhibit that replicates a “dig site” where paleontologists search for fossils. 

(Courtesy of the Chicago Architectural Preservation Archive)

Construction on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus recently exposed a slice of Chicago’s buried past.

Archaeologists are nearing the end of a monthlong dig in the city’s Old Irving Park neighborhood. What they’re looking for – and what they’ve turned up.

The Gray-Cloud house in 2017. (Courtesy of David Cloud)

A 162-year-old Chicago home rumored to have once been a stop on the Underground Railroad is now the site of an excavation. What archaeologists are hoping to unearth.

Model of the Java Sea shipwreck, built by Nicholas Burningham (John Weinstein / The Field Museum)

After taking a fresh look at a treasure trove of cargo recovered from the dark sea floor in the 1980s, researchers make new discoveries about a centuries-old shipwreck.

(Courtesy Tom Weinberg)

Tom Weinberg’s new book “Chasing the Lost City” details his 20-year search for an ancient abandoned city in the Honduran jungle.

The Gray-Cloud house in 2017. (Courtesy of David Cloud)

A farmhouse built in 1856 may have ties to the Underground Railroad. This summer, the homeowners and a Lake Forest archaeologist will begin work to uncover the mystery.

An artist’s rendering of Pullman Artspace Lofts, a mixed-use housing development slated for construction in historic Pullman. (PullmanArts)

Plans to build an affordable, mixed-use housing development in historic Pullman are under fire from a small group of community members.

Field Museum archaeologists made an unexpected find while excavating an the site of an ancient city in southern Mexico.