National Anthropological Archives

Paul Zakoian photographs of Dickson Mound burials, circa 1964, 1976

Collection ID:
Zakoian, Paul
circa 1964, 1976
Physical Description:
32 Prints
silver gelatin

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Images of excavated burials at Dickson Mound site in Lewiston, Illinois.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Paul Zakoian (ca. 1934-1999) was a photographer, sculptor, and educator at the Contemporary Art Workshop in Chicago, Illinois. He joined the US Navy during the Korean War, training as a photographer and serving on the carrier USS Philippines. When he returned to the United States, he studied sculpture and photography at the Institute of Design. His photographs have been exhibited widely in Chicago and the American Midwest and published in periodicals, including the Chicago Tribune and New York Times.
Dickson Mounds is a large burial mound complex near Lewistown, Illinois. In 1927, chiropractor Don Dickson began to excavate the mounds on his family farm, joined by University of Chicago archaeologists in the 1930s. Instead of removing the bones from the graves they excavated, Dickson and the archeologists left the bones and associated objects in situ for viewing, first in a private and then a public museum. Amid controversy, the state closed the burial to the public on April 3, 1992, out of respect for the descendants of the source communities.

Sarah Ganderup
Custodial History note
Donated by Paul Zakoian through Michelle Delaney, 1999.

Using the Collection
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Preferred Citation note
Photo Lot 99-26, Paul Zakoian photographs of Dickson Mounds burials, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.

Location of Other Archival Materials
Location of Other Archival Materials
Photographs of the Dickson Mound Site held in National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 8.

More Information
Local Call Number(s)
Local Call Number(s)
NAA Photo Lot 99-26

Keywords table of terms and types.
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Burial Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Dickson Mounds (Ill.) Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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