Hoosier history buffs can meet archaeologists and learn about the state’s past during Indiana Archaeology Month in September.
Archaeology Month is an opportunity to celebrate and learn about Indiana archaeology. Events for all ages are held all month by universities, museums, organizations, and individuals throughout Indiana. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology coordinates the month of activities and programs.
The focus this year is on French influence in the state’s history. The French influenced many locations of Indiana, but especially Post Ouiatenon (present day Lafayette), Fort Miamis (present day Fort Wayne), and Post Vincennes (present day Vincennes).
Archaeologists have recorded more than 60,000 archaeological sites in Indiana since the early 1800s, helping shape public understanding of the prehistoric and historic people who also called this land home.
“The study and practice of archaeology tells us not only about the past but also reveals the pathway to who we are today and how we got here,” said Cameron Clark, DNR director and State Historic Preservation Officer. “Archaeology Month provides a perfect way for Hoosiers to find out how, with programs that are not only educational and informative but also fun.”
A schedule of events and additional information is available online at dnr.IN.gov/historic or by contacting Amy Johnson by e-mailing to ajohnson@dnr.IN.gov or by calling 232-6982.
This year’s commemorative poster and shirt show an array of artifacts and features from sites with a French influence in Indiana. Shirts cost $6 each and may be purchased from the DNR Customer Service Center by calling toll-free at (877) 463-6367.