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Sept. 14, 2017

Join IHS Membership staff and DNR Archaeologist Rachel Sharkey on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, as we celebrate Archaeology Month and dig into Indiana history. This fascinating day trip will feature some of Indiana's archaeological treasures and highlight the process of preserving and sharing the artifacts.

The trip begins at Strawtown Koteewi Park, where members will get a behind-the-scenes tour of the archaeology lab and a tour of the grounds, including a re-creation of an early village. According to researchers, the property's major occupancy dates back to 1200 to 1400 A.D. Artifacts found include arrowheads, pottery and remains of what the occupants may have eaten, including bear and elk. Researchers have also discovered evidence of post holes, storage pits and fire pits that show the location of early villages and huts on the property. Guests can visit a mock, interactive dig, featuring replicated artifacts.  

Our next stop will be Mounds State Park where guests will enjoy lunch in the recreation pavilion followed by a guided tour of the Bronnenberg House, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Frederick Bronnenberg Jr., who built the Federal style home in 1840, recognized the uniqueness of the Mounds – early man-made earthworks – and the need to preserve and protect them. Following the tour, the group will walk to the Mounds, where Indiana's foremost Mounds specialist, Don Cochran, will discuss their history and significance. The largest earthwork of the 10, the Great Mound, is believed to have been constructed around 160 B.C. Archaeological surveys indicate the Mounds were used as gathering places for religious ceremonies, from where astronomical alignments could be viewed.

Please note: there will be a lot of walking on uneven and rugged terrain during some parts of the tour. It is strongly suggested that participants be able to walk at least a quarter mile at a time comfortably.

Register early. Space is limited to the first 50 participants. The registration fee is $50 for IHS members and $75 for non-members (membership is included). RSVP by Sept. 4 to Jennifer Hiatt at (317) 234-2670 or jhiatt@indianahistory.org. Lunch, snacks and transportation via coach will be provided. Find the registration form here.

* All participants are required to ride the bus to participate on the tour.  We are unable to provide secondary pickup locations or allow guests to meet along the way and follow the bus.  

Mounds State Park

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