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Indiana Archaeology Month Starts Sept. 1

Last updated on Tuesday, August 30, 2016

(UNDATED) - This September, Indiana will host events for all ages as part of the 21st annual statewide celebration of archaeology.

Archaeology Month is an opportunity to learn about Indiana archaeology. Hoosier history buffs can meet archaeologists and learn about the state's past.

Events are held every September by universities, museums, organizations and individuals throughout Indiana. The DNR Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology coordinates Archaeology Month.

Indiana Archaeology Month 2016 coincides with 200 years of statehood. The slate of archaeology programs this year has been designated an official Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project. This year's commemorative poster focuses on Corydon, Indiana's first state capital, and the archaeology that has been conducted there.

"As Hoosiers have been celebrating the state's bicentennial, many of us are already reflecting on Indiana's rich history," said Cameron Clark, DNR director and State Historic Preservation Officer. "Archaeology Month encompasses not only the past 200 years, but also all of human activity in Indiana, and it sheds light about ourselves today and our future."

Celebrating archaeology statewide started in 1996 with Indiana Archaeology Week. In 2002, the celebration was expanded to Indiana Archaeology Month.

A schedule of events and additional information for Archaeology Month is available at dnr.IN.gov/historic, or by contacting Amy Johnson at ajohnson@dnr.IN.gov or (317) 232-6982.

Commemorative posters and shirts are available. Shirts are $10 each and can be purchased from the DNR Customer Service Center at (317) 232-4200 or toll-free at (877) 463-6367.

Archaeologists have recorded more than 66,600 sites in Indiana since the early 1800s, helping to shape public understanding of the prehistoric and historic people.

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