Archaeology Archaeological dig set for spring at Angel Mounds, Indiana

Discussion in 'Archaeology' started by mscbkc070904, Mar 15, 2005.

  1. mscbkc070904

    mscbkc070904 Premium Member

    EVANSVILLE, IND. -- The first archaeological dig in more than a decade will take place at Angel Mounds park this spring, and the public will be able to observe it during guided tours, park officials said.

    A prehistoric Native American city flourished from 1100 to 1450 in the park on the banks of the Ohio River, archeologists have discovered.

    Using an underground imaging device called a magnetometer, researchers from Indiana University have discovered the remains of more than 100 homes and of new sections of a stockade wall that is thousands of feet long. The unexpected find prompted the new dig, said Staffan Peterson, an IU research fellow.

    "The density of houses here is greater than what some people expected," he said.
    While many have tried to answer the question of why Angel Mounds and the larger network of Mississippian Culture communities disappeared, Peterson said the new dig will look to answer how it originated and developed.

    The dig will take place from May 16 to June 10, site manager Mike Linderman said, with students from the University of Southern Indiana and the University of Evansville working on it.

    The four-week dig is one of many activities that will happen this year at the state historic site between Evansville and Newburgh in southwestern Indiana. Angel Mounds opens to the public on March 26.

    "After years of basically stabilizing and getting the grounds back in shape, we are starting to focus on programs out here," Linderman said.
    Source: Indiana Star News
     
  2. mscbkc070904

    mscbkc070904 Premium Member

    I thought this was pretty significant especially if anyone is within days drive of here, might be a cool weekend trip to check it out or if they live close by. If so, please do take pics and send them back here onto ID, would love to see this dig as it proceeds.