All you wanted to know, but never had the chance to ask about archaeology investigations in Illinois. Mera Hertel oversees graphic productions at the American Bottom Field Station of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey. Managing ABFS’s production and photography team, she coordinates the design and assemblage of high-quality photographic figures, maps, and illustrations for use in reports, publications, and various media works. She produces and assembles reports in-house, and routinely trains supervisory staff in field photography procedures. Mera oversees ABFS’s digital photographic collections, historic map archives, and digital library. She serves as a cartographer, photographer, illustrator, researcher, and site file coordinator. She also performs rim profiling/ceramic analysis, poster and cover design, fieldwork, cemetery investigations, and metal-detection survey. Mera’s general areas of interest include the prehistory and history of the American Bottom region in Illinois. In her spare time, she enjoys documenting and helping to restore lost and forgotten cemeteries throughout St. Clair, Madison, and Monroe Counties. Over the years she’s conducted many large-scale volunteer cemetery restoration projects, documented thousands of unrecorded graves, and photographed over 50 private prehistoric artifact collections as well as many historical documents & books.