Indiana DNR Release:
Hoosier history buffs can learn about archaeological sites and artifacts, make stone tools and talk with archaeologists during September, the 14th annual Indiana Archaeology Month.
This year’s slogan, “Ancient Artistry,” pertains to the skill Indiana’s earliest peoples used to make everyday items as well as works of special significance.
By showcasing these artifacts all month through special events, commemorative posters and T-shirts, the DNR Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA) hopes to illustrate the creativity and skill that went into making these objects, and help people better appreciate these cultures.
"What these cultures did without the tools we have today is nothing short of amazing," said DNR director Robert E. Carter Jr., who serves as State Historic Preservation Officer. "I encourage Hoosiers of all ages to participate in this month's activities to have fun learning more about this fascinating part of the state's wonderful heritage."
Although many people are familiar with what they usually call “arrowheads” (archaeologists use the term “projectile points”), they may have never seen some of the outstanding examples of other types of artifacts that have been discovered in Indiana. September will be packed with such opportunities.
Archaeologists have done investigations in Indiana since the early 1800s, finding and recording more than 58,000 archaeological sites, paving the way for the celebration.
Indiana Archaeology Month features events for all ages. For a schedule and more information, see dnr.IN.gov/historic or contact Amy Johnson of the DNR Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, at ajohnson@dnr.IN.gov or (317) 232-1646.
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