The Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program (ITARP) is a product of a long-term cooperative effort between the University of Illinois and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) in the preservation of the state's important archaeological resources. It began in 1959 with the newly created Illinois Archaeological Survey, continued in 1980 when the IDOT statewide survey program was transferred to the Resource Investigation Program, and further continued with the formation of ITARP in 1994. The establishment of ITARP was the result of IDOT's interest in developing a centralized program to facilitate its cultural resources protection efforts.
Sources: Mazrim, Robert. "More from the Illinois Frontier." <u>Transportation Archaeological Bulletins</u> No. 2 (2008): Series Preface, p. ii.
Description: Studies in Archaeology series produced by the Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program (ITARP) includes numbers 1-4: "The Archaeology of Downtown Cahokia" (1998); "The Cahokia Atlas" (1997); "Early Hopewell Mound Explorations" (2004); "Illinois Hopewell and Late Woodland Mounds" (2006); and "The Archaeology of Downtown Cahokia II" (2013) detailing archeological sites in Illinois with site maps, artifact inventories, case studies of particular digs and comprehensive analysis of each site.