Presentation on theme: "Archaeology in Your Community Amy L. Johnson, Research Archaeologist and Archaeology Outreach Coordinator Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division."— Presentation transcript:
Archaeology in Your Community Amy L. Johnson, Research Archaeologist and Archaeology Outreach Coordinator Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology (DHPA)
What we’ll cover today: Archaeology- myths and reality. What’s happening in Indiana in terms of archaeology today. How you, the public, can become involved. The office of the Indiana State Archaeologist, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (part of Dept. of Natural Resources) - how we serve the public and protect archaeological resources for the future.
Myths and Reality Is it about digging up dinosaurs ? Are there really sites in Indiana, and are they important ? Do archaeologists get to keep what they find? Are sites protected in Indiana ? Some QUESTIONS to address first off ~
Terms Archaeology Archaeology is the careful, systematic recovery of information related to our past. Archaeological sites Archaeological sites can be things like : Historic cabin sites Native American earthworks Canal sites Cemeteries Shipwrecks and much more !
Archaeology in Indiana Archaeology does happen in our state, and archaeological projects are being conducted probably more often than you think. Recorded archaeological investigations have been taking place in our state for over 170 years ! The science is vibrant, and so much remains to be learned today about the previous (and current) cultures of Indiana. Archaeology is conducted in various settings: academic, government, and cultural resources management, for example.
A few stats and facts ! Indiana has over 49,000 recorded archaeological sites, and only a fraction of the state has been surveyed by professional archaeologists. The prehistory of Indiana ranges from ca. 10,000 B.C. to approximately 1650 A.D. Most of the major universities have active archaeology programs. Archaeologists from private archaeological companies, governmental agencies, universities, and more do work in our state.
Examples of Projects and Research
Excavations Clark County Harrison County
Excavations continued Posey County
Survey Greene County in southwestern Indiana
Research and New Techniques Non-invasive techniques Archaeological research
How Can You Become Involved in Archaeology?
How Can You Become Involved In Archaeology? VOLUNTEER or VISIT
How Can You Become Involved In Archaeology? VISIT Angel Mounds State Historic Site, Evansville
How Can You Become Involved In Archaeology? VISIT Mounds State Park, Anderson
How Can You Become Involved In Archaeology? VISIT Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology, Indiana University, Bloomington
How Can You Become Involved In Archaeology? VISIT Indianapolis
How Can You Become Involved In Archaeology? VISIT River Road Park (Hamilton Co. Parks and Recreation Department), Carmel Strawtown Koteewi Park
How Can You Become Involved In Archaeology? VISIT Fort Ouiatenon, Lafayette Tippecanoe County Historical Association
Attend Conferences and Meetings such as: Midwest Archaeological Conference Cornelius O’Brien Conference Society for American Archaeology Conference
Learn More ~ Keep Up to Date
Share What You Know with others
Join an Avocational Archaeology Group These groups advocate wise collecting of artifacts and the proper recording of sites They share information Working with archaeologists is important
Existing Programs Midwest Archeological Center / Indiana Dunes National Lake Shore Archeology Program
Existing Programs Hoosier National Forest, Passport in Time (USDA Forest Service)
Existing Programs Project Archaeology Educational materials, workshops, and continuing professional development
Indiana Archaeology Month Every September ! Events held around the state. Participate, learn, and explore. www.IN.gov/dnr/historic/archeomonth.html
Archaeology Month Activities
More Archaeology Month Activities
Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA) Office of the Indiana State Archaeologist, currently 5 archaeological staff members Lead archaeological agency in the state Central repository of archaeological records Many duties and services
DHPA Reviews of Projects and Protection of Resources Various federal and state laws protect cultural resources in Indiana. Our staff reviews over 3,000 projects a year to determine their potential impact to archaeological resources. In addition, we review development plans for projects which may impact cemeteries.
DHPA Investigations Staff investigate : Accidental discoveries of sites Looting or damage of sites
DHPA Research and Fieldwork
DHPA Research and Fieldwork
DHPA Cooperative projects
Grant funds Grant funds are available for certain types of archaeological field projects, as well as archaeological public education. These funds are from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, administered by the DHPA.
Experience Indiana Archaeology Learn more about Indiana’s rich and varied cultures. Contribute to the science of archaeology. Learn more about our irreplaceable archaeological sites. Participation is for the young, and young at heart.
Indiana State Library Indiana Historical Bureau Natural Resources Conservation Service DNR- Division of Reclamation, Indiana State Museum, Public Information and Education Mathers Museum of World Cultures, I.U. Hoosier National Forest National Park Service & Midwest Archeological Center Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Indiana University Archaeological Resources Management Service Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology, I.U. IPFW Archaeological Survey Hamilton County Parks Tippecanoe County Historical Association Martin University Thank you to the following:
Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA) 402 W. Washington St., Room W274 Indianapolis, IN 46204-2739 317/232-1646 www.IN.gov/dnr/historic