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 1 – October 4
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. Hands-on Archaeology Fun

Lecture Series

From Florida to Indiana: The Journey of a Working Archaeologist

Archaeologist Sean Coughlin will trace his archaeology career from its beginnings to present. He will cover different ways he has been employed as an archaeologist to the diverse research he has conducted. In his thirty-six years in archaeology he has worked in much of the Midwest, Southeast and southern plains working on both prehistoric and historic sites dating between 13,000 years ago to fifty years ago. He has conducted research on private collections, and his specialty is Zooarchaeology, the study of animal bones from archaeological sites.

Presenter: Sean Coughlin participated in his first archaeological field school with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in 1983. He received a B.A. in Anthropology, with an emphasis in Archaeology in 1991. He then continued his education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he received his M.A. in 1996 and specialized in Zooarchaeology and is currently a project archaeologist with the Applied Anthropologies Laboratories in the Department of Anthropology at Ball State University.

Date: Saturday, September 7
Time: 1:00 pm
Ages: Best for school-aged children and adults
Cost: Free
Location: Taylor Center of Natural History
Registration: Not required

An Overview of Archaeological Investigations of the I-69 Corridor, Indiana

Since 2004, Gray & Pape, Inc. has conducted archaeological inventory, evaluation, and data recovery efforts in support of the I-69 Corridor Project. Other investigations have included assessing the potential for buried archaeological sites in floodplain settings. The presentation will provide a general overview of archaeological work conducted for the I-69 Corridor Project and will focus on three specific archaeological investigations conducted in Greene and Morgan counties, Indiana.

Presenter: Patrick Trader has been a principal investigator for Gray & Pape for thirteen years. He is responsible for supervising archaeological inventory, evaluation and data recovery projects. Trader has been involved in conducting archaeological studies for the I-69 Project Corridor for ten years. Trader has an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a focus on Prehistoric Archaeology. Trader is currently the president of the Indiana Archaeology Council.

Date: Saturday, September 14
Time: 1:00 pm
Ages: Best for school-aged children and adults
Cost: Free
Location: Taylor Center of Natural History
Registration: Not required

The Archaeology of Sewers and Waste Management in 19th and 20th-Century Indianapolis

This lecture examines the history of sewer and trash service in late-19th and 20th-century Indianapolis focusing on archaeological evidence from the city's near-Westside. The lecture discusses the complex range of sewer technologies and waste management practices in the city since the Civil War and patterns of environmental injustice that placed working-class and African-American residents in the city's most unhealthy conditions.

Presenter: Paul R. Mullins, Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, Past-President, Society for Historical Archaeology, Docent, University of Oulu (Finland)

Date: Saturday, September 21
Time: 1:00 pm
Ages: Best for school-aged children and adults
Cost: Free
Location: Taylor Center of Natural History
Registration: Not required

The Ellingsworth Site (12CL127):

Further Phase II Evaluation and Delineation of a Small Mississippian Circular Hamlet in Clark County, Indiana.

The Ellingsworth Site, (12CL127) located in Clark County, Indiana has had ongoing periodic archaeological investigations since first recorded in the 1970s. The site appears to be a small Mississippian circular village or hamlet that lies very near the large Smith-Sutton Site, a palisaded Mississippian village. This presentation will discuss new radiocarbon dates recovered for site 12CL127, two partially investigated structures, and the botanical analysis of feature contents. There is also a Late Woodland component at the site that centers on a large sinkhole.

Presenter: Anne Bader has over forty years of experience in archaeology and cultural resources management. Experienced in both prehistoric and historical archaeology, she has served as principal investigator for the full range of archaeological investigations. Ms. Bader is the owner of Corn Island Archaeology LLC, located in the Falls of the Ohio River area of north-central Kentucky and southern Indiana. Ms. Bader is committed to public archaeology and education. In 2002, she formed the Falls of the Ohio Archaeological Society (FOAS), an award-winning professional/amateur/student alliance that has attracted interested membership from three states. In 2004, she was awarded the Indiana Archaeology Award.

Date: Saturday, September 28
Time: 1:00 pm
Ages: Best for school-aged children and adults
Cost: Free
Location: Taylor Center of Natural History
Registration: Not required