Archaeology Month - September

Indiana’s Archaeology Month Celebration at Strawtown Koteewi Park

Our tradition of celebrating Indiana’s Archaeology Month continues in 2018 at Strawtown Koteewi Park! We will host a
variety of opportunities for groups and individuals alike. Our activities will bring to life the daily events of Strawtown Koteewi Park’s original inhabitants by combining the research gleaned from 15+ years of archaeological investigations with historical and contemporary accounts of the life-ways of Indiana’s native peoples. Demonstrations will be paired with hands-on opportunities for visitors of all ages. The various activities are sure to engage all the senses while also educating our patrons about Native American culture and history!

Group Scheduling:
Schedule your group today for a fun, educational experience! Our staff and partners will be conducting programs during select days during the last two weeks of September. Please call 317-774-2501 and register soon to reserve space for your group.

Dates: September 11 – 30 (Tuesday- Saturday)
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Ages: Best for school-aged children and adults
Cost: Free
Location: Taylor Center of Natural History
Pre-registration: Required. Register by calling 317-774-2501 or
emailing Amanda.smith@hamiltoncounty.in.gov.

  1. Archaeology Lectures
  2. Archaeology in Action
  3. Archaeology Fun

Lecture Series

Star Bridge: A Mississippian Bastion on the La Moine River

The late prehistoric period along the Central Illinois River Valley (CIRV) experienced a rapid development of Mississippian culture, including fortified temple towns of significant size, numerous farming hamlets, and an
extensive trade network existing between AD 1050 and 1400. Regional abandonment in the CIRV occurred no later than AD 1450, as part of the development of the more massive Vacant Quarter. This talk will focus on the Village of Star Bridge (11Br17), a sizeable late-Mississippian village located on a boundary zone between Mississippian and Oneota zones of influence within the CIRV. In this presentation, we will explore the material culture of this site, as well as the results of a geophysical survey, as we try to place Star Bridge within the broader context of the late prehistoric period in Illinois and the abandonment of the region.

Presenter: John Flood is a graduate student at IUPUI focusing on the late prehistoric period in West-Central Illinois, as well as the archaeology of Indiana's hill country.

Date: Saturday, September 8
Time: 1:00 pm
Ages: Best for school-aged children and adults
Cost: Free
Location: Taylor Center of Natural History
Pre-Registration: Not Required

Life, Death, and Remembrance in Central Indiana: A View from the 19th Century Bethel Cemetery in Decatur Township

During the summer of 2018, the Departments of Anthropology at IUPUI and the University of Indianapolis partnered with Cardno, Inc. to exhume and analyze the remains, associated objects, and architecture from the 19th century Bethel Cemetery located on the property of the Indianapolis International Airport in Decatur Township. This project, the largest industry-university partnership ever in Indiana, employed cutting-edge methods and techniques to document and develop a virtual model for the cemetery and bioarchaeological analyses to provide a picture of life and lifeways in Central Indiana during a significant period of Euro-American settlement, change, and development. This talk will highlight some of the preliminary field and laboratory findings, while also discussing the plans for additional research and repatriation.

Presenters: Jeremy J. Wilson is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at IUPUI. Alex Badillo
is an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Systems at Indiana State University.
Ryan Peterson is a senior consultant and practice lead at Cardno, Inc. Christopher Schmidt is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Indianapolis.

Date: Saturday, September 15
Time: 1:00 pm
Ages: Best for school-aged children and adults
Cost: Free
Location: Taylor Center of Natural History
Pre-Registration: Not Required

Excavating the Reflecting Pool at General Lew Wallace Study and Museum


Since 2010, archaeologists have been excavating a reflecting pool at the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum in
Crawfordsville, Indiana. Built in 1898, and filled in around 1903, this one-of-a-kind water feature was a relaxing spot
for General Lew Wallace in his later years. Completely excavated in 2017, the study is in the process of restoring
the pool and using it as an interpretive feature on the property.

Presenter: Anne Shaw Kingery is a principal investigator archaeologist and architectural historian based in Kokomo,
Indiana.

Date: Saturday, September 22
Time: 1:00 pm
Ages: Best for school-aged children and adults
Cost: Free
Location: Taylor Center of Natural History
Pre-registration: Not Required

A Look at the Clay Human Figurines from the Mann Hopewell Landscape of Southwestern Indiana


This presentation will focus on the ceramic human figurines from the Mann Archaeological Landscape (circa 100 C.E. – 500 C.E.), one of the largest Hopewell sites in the Ohio Valley. Hundreds of figurine fragments have been recovered from the landscape; hundreds more than from any other from this period.

Presenter: Michele Greenan, Director of Archaeology for the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites (ISMHS). She serves as curator of archaeology while also overseeing the management of ISMHS archaeological landscapes at ISMHS historic sites.

Date: Saturday, September 29
Time: 1:00 pm
Ages: Best for school-aged children and adults
Cost: Free
Location: Taylor Center of Natural History
Pre-registration: Not Required