Kincaid Mounds Historic Site Archaeology Field Day

The Kincaid Mounds Archaeology Field Day program is scheduled for Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Kincaid Mounds Historic Site

Formal programs at Kincaid Mounds will start at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, and 2:00 p.m., with a walking tour to Mound 8, and there will be Mississippian artifact displays.  New this year is a display of native plants used by the people of Kincaid Mounds and a children’s pottery workshop.  The program is free of charge.

About the Site

The Kincaid Mounds Archaeological Site is a series of Mississippian Mounds located in Massac County. The Mounds are an Illinois Historic Site.   The Kincaid Mounds Support Organization volunteers their services for the preservation and management of the site.  This historic site includes the Massac County Mounds with a public observation deck and interpretation area.

More information on the Kincaid Mounds and directions to the Historic Site can be found at or Face book-Kincaid Mounds Support Organization.

Driving Directions

Bill Schwegman provided these travel directions: Go south on I-24, and exit at the Metropolis exit. Go east on U.S. 45 toward Brookport. Just before you get to the City limits of Brookport turn Left onto the Unionville Road which is also the road to the Smithland Lock & Dam. Go 6 miles which will take you slightly beyond Unionville and turn right at a road that should have a sign on it that says Kinkaid Mounds.

Take this road for about 4 miles to the mounds. Portions of this road are just a gravel road.  The mounds are approximately 37.08 North Latitude, 88.49 West Longitude if you have a GPS.

Travel time: allow 1 ½ hours one way to the site and another 50 minutes for the tour. In other words, allow at least half a day.

NOTE: This is a primitive site and not really handicap accessible. However porta potties will be available.


Suggested restaurants:
Rock Bottoms Bar & Grill in Unionville
Pork Peddler in Paducah. There are also other restaurants in Paducah. Be sure to Google them or call them in advance.

Further Information

More Info: contact Bill Schwegman (457-6637) or Bob Luebbers (687-2758)

September Men’s Group hosted SIU Associate Professor Paul Welch, Archeologist

The September Men’s Group meeting hosted Associate Professor Paul Welch, Archeologist from the SIU Department of Anthropology. Dr. Welch told fascinating stories about early Native American Indian culture at the Kincaid Mounds. This site has yielded some burned out buildings along with a trove of small beads carved from fluorite with awls the size of toothpicks.

Paul Welch, SIU Archeologist

Paul Welch SIU Archeologist Kincaid Mounds

At the end of the season, the site is restored back to its original elevation to preserve its findings until the next season.

What wasn’t mentioned at this meeting was that the Kincaid Mounds will be holding a field day Saturday, October 28. It is free to the public with tours at 10am, 12 Noon, and 2pm.

​Paul Welch demonstrating to Jim Calloway a turning stick for carving small beads

Welch Calloway Kincaid Mounds

Jim Calloway was our moderator and has a special interest in this because he majored in archeology. Prior to his leaving for the medical mission in Africa, he, Bill Schwegman, and I thought that we should publicize this event so that others can travel down to Massac County and tour the Mounds and learn more about this ancient civilization near the banks of the Ohio River. Bill’s cousin, John Schwegman, is a botanist and will be on hand to answer questions about native flora.

​Questions and answers followed the meeting

At this time there is no formal car pooling. You are left to make your own arrangements and hopefully will share rides.