Celebrate 50 Years
Archaeological Survey

Presented the Award for Outstanding Archaeology Project in 2011 by the Indiana DHPA

As part of the Survey's effort to make primary archaeological information and data available to both professionals and the interested public, the IPFW-Archaeological Survey was committed to the timely publication and distribution of the results of their work.  The publications below are screen resolution PDF versions of their reports edited for public dissemination.

 

ROI 1010 CoverArchaeological Phase II and III Investigations and Monitoring of Site 12-T-1154 for the State Road 25 Wetland and Forest Mitigation Areas, Des. No. 0901664 (Formerly Des. No. 9802920), Prophetstown State Park, Tippecanoe County, Indiana (11.2 MB).  Andrew Smith, M.A., Eric Sanchez, and Jamie Cochran-Smith, M.A., with contributions by Leslie L. Bush, Ph.D. IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 1015. December 2012. 

                                                

The research for this report was funded by the Federal Highway Administration and the Indiana Department of Transportation.

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ROI 1010 CoverReport of Phase III Archaeological Investigations at Koontz Mill (12ST136) Located near Koontz Lake, Starke County, Indiana (Des. No. 0711018) (13.2 MB).  Colin D. Graham, Dorothea McCullough, Ph.D., and Craig R. Arnold, M.A. IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 1020. August 2012. 

                                                

The research for this report was funded by the Federal Highway Administration and the Indiana Department of Transportation.

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ROI 1010 CoverArchaeological Phase III Mitigation of a Portion of 12-T-59/530 for the State Road 25 Wetland and Forest Mitigation Areas, Des. No. 0901664 (Formerly Des. No. 9802920), Prophetstown State Park, Tippecanoe County, Indiana (24.1 MB).  Andrew Smith, M.A., Eric Sanchez, Jamie Cochran-Smith, M.A. with contributions by Robert G. McCullough, Ph.D., and Richard C. Sutter, Ph.D. IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 1013. January 2012. 

                                                

The research for this report was funded by the Federal Highway Administration and the Indiana Department of Transportation.

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ROI 1010 CoverArchaeological Phase III Data Recovery for Site 12-T-1155 (Beaver Island) for the State Road 25 Wetland and Forest Mitigation Areas, Des. No. 0901664 (Formerly Des. No. 9802920), Prophetstown State Park, Tippecanoe County, Indiana (12.3 MB).  Andrew Smith, M.A., Eric Sanchez, Jamie Cochran-Smith, M.A., and Craig Arnold, M.A. with contributions by Colin Graham, Leslie L. Bush, Ph.D., Robert G. McCullough, Ph.D., and Ronald L. Richards, Ph.D. IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 1010. May 2012. 

                                                

The research for this report was funded by the Federal Highway Administration and the Indiana Department of Transportation.

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Archaeology Investigation of Two Western Basin Tradition Related Sites in Northeast and Central Indiana Volume II: Castor Farm (12-H-3) (20.9 MB). Robert G. McCullough, and Colin D. Graham with contributions by Craig R. Arnold, Leslie Bush, Dorothea McCullough, Eric Sanchez,   Andrew Smith, and Sharon Smith. IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 1001. June 2010.

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Archaeology Investigation of Two Western Basin Tradition Related Sites in Northeast and Central Indiana Volume I: Kramer Enclosure (12-AI-15) (26.3 MB). Robert G. McCullough, and Colin D. Graham with contributions by Craig R. Arnold, Leslie Bush,  Scott Hipskind, Dorothea McCullough and Andrew Smith. IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 1001. July 2010.

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Archaeology Investigation of Three Western Basin Tradition Sites in Allen County, Indiana (39.9 MB). Dorothea McCullough, editor with contributions by Craig R. Arnold, Leslie Bush, Colin D. Graham, Scott Hipskind and Robert G. McCullough. IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 901. August 2009.

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Archaeology in a Public Venue at the Strawtown Enclosure (12-H-883): 2008 (23.2 MB). By Colin D. Graham and Robert G. McCullough. Contributions by Craig R. Arnold, Scott Hipskind, and Dorothea McCullough. IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 902. July 2009.

 

This report details grant-funded research conducted by the Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne Archaeological Survey (IPFW-AS), at the Strawtown enclosure (12-H-883), located in the developing Strawtown Koteewi Park in Hamilton County, Indiana, during Indiana Archaeology Month in 2008. The goal of the work was to continue to build on previous research by collecting household-level information to address questions of cultural processes in the prehistoric frontier societies of central Indiana. The broader research agenda was integrated with a proactive public program to increase awareness of archaeology and archaeological methods and goals. Excavations open to the public at the Strawtown enclosure were designed to encourage public participation and education. Volunteer labor and public outreach were important components. 330 pages. View/download ROI 902

 

Archaeology in a Public Venue at the Strawtown Enclosure (12-H-883): 2007 (16.9 MB). Edited by Robert G. McCullough. Contributions by Craig R. Arnold, Colin Graham, Scott Hipskind, and Dorothea McCullough. IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 803. July 2008.

This report details grant-funded research conducted by the Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne Archaeological Survey (IPFW-AS), at the Strawtown enclosure (12-H-883), located in the developing Strawtown Koteewi Park in Hamilton County, Indiana, during Indiana Archaeology Month in 2007. The goal of the work was to continue to build on previous research by collecting household-level information to address questions of cultural processes in the prehistoric frontier societies of central Indiana. The broader research agenda was integrated with a proactive public program to increase awareness of archaeology and archaeological methods and goals. Excavations open to the public at the Strawtown enclosure were designed to encourage public participation and education. Volunteer labor and public outreach were important components. 248 pages. View/download ROI 803

 

Intensive Survey of the Forts of Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana (22.3 MB).; By Christopher R. Andres, Dorothea McCullough, and Michael Strezewski. Contributions by Craig R. Arnold, Colin Graham, and Scott Hipskind. IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 801. April 2008.

 

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Report of the 2006 Archaeological Investigations at Kethtippecanunk (12-T-59), Tippecanoe County, Indiana (15 MB). By Michael Strezewski, Robert G. McCullough, Dorothea McCullough, Craig Arnold and Joshua J. Wells. Contributions by James R. Jones III, and Leslie Bush. IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 703. July 2007.

 

In the summer of 2006, the Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne Archaeological Survey (IPFW-AS) conducted geophysical survey and excavations at the site of Kethtippecanunk (12-T-59), located within Prophetstown State Park, near Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana. In the late eighteenth century, Kethtippecanunk was the hub of Native and Euroamerican trade in the central Wabash valley and was occupied by a mixed population of French and British traders and Native Americans. The town was burned in 1791 after an attack by the Kentucky militia. The site is located at a strategic point near the confluence of the Tippecanoe and Wabash rivers, on a terrace remnant of the Wabash River.   352 pages. View/download ROI 703

  

 

The Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene Occupation of the Kankakee Region of Northwest Indiana (11 MB).  By Andrew A. White. Contributions by Craig Arnold and Joshua Wells   IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 702.  August 2007.

 

This report describes grant-supported archaeological research conducted by the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Archaeological Survey (IPFW-AS) during 2006 and 2007. This research comprised the third year of the Northern Indiana Paleoindian Project. Work included both field survey and documentation and analysis of private artifact collections in the Kankakee region of northwest Indiana. The primary objective was to collect data to clarify and address gaps in our basic knowledge of the Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene hunter-gatherers that inhabited this region around 12,000 - 8,000 B.C. At the geographic scale of analysis represented by the sample, variation in projectile point shape may be a clinal phenomenon related to change through time. Patterns of lithic raw material use and hafted biface morphology demonstrate that the early prehistory of the Kankakee is connected to that of adjacent regions. Data collected during this project can be combined with other data and used to test explanatory models of early hunter-gatherer systems in this part of the midcontinent.   262 pages. View/download ROI 702

 

Archaeology in a Public Venue at the Strawtown Enclosure (12-H-883): 2006 (14 MB).  By Craig R. Arnold, M.A., Colin Graham, Scott Hipskind, Dorothea McCullough, Ph.D., Robert G. McCullough, Ph.D., and Mariah Yager.   IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 701.  July 2007.

 

This report details grant-funded research conducted by the Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne Archaeological Survey (IPFW-AS), at the Strawtown enclosure (12-H-883), located in the developing Strawtown Koteewi Park in Hamilton County, Indiana, during Indiana Archaeology Month in 2006. The goal of the current research was to collect household-level information to address questions of cultural processes in sedentary societies of a prehistoric frontier where Fort Ancient, Western Basin, and Oneota-like cultures overlapped. The broader research agenda was integrated with a proactive public program to increase awareness of archaeology and archaeological methods and goals. Excavations open to the public at the Strawtown enclosure were designed to encourage public participation and education. Volunteer labor and public outreach were important components. During the three weeks of excavations, over 3,000 individuals visited the site. 207 pages. View/download ROI 701

 

 

Archaeological Investigations at the Prather Site, Clark County, Indiana: The 2005 Survey and Excavations (80MB).  By Cheryl Ann Munson, Michael Strezewski, and C. Russell Stafford. Contributions by Mark Cantin, Jocelyn C. Turner, Rexford C. Garniewicz, Laura Kozuch, and Susan Dale Spencer.  IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 602.  Fall 2006.

This report details grant-supported research carried out in 2005 at the Prather site, Indiana's best preserved Mississippian site in the Falls of the Ohio region (and possibly the least-known Mississippian mound center in the Ohio Valley). This investigation involved auger sampling, solid earth coring, geophysical survey, and standard archaeological excavation. These combined data informed detailed analyses of the Prather site structure.  227 pages. View/download ROI 602

 

 The Northeastern Indiana Paleoindian Project: 2005-2006 Season (6,120k).  By Andrew A. White.  IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 601.  August 2006.


This report details grant-supported research carried out in 2005-2006 as part of the Northeastern Indiana Paleoindian project. Geophysical survey and excavations at the Kosko and Arrowhead Marsh sites are described, as are over 200 Paleoindian hafted bifaces from institutional and private collections in the region.  369 pages. View/download ROI 601

 

Archaeological Investigations at Site 12-T-59 and Two Other Locations in Prophetstown State Park, Tippecanoe County, Indiana (3,155k).  By Michael Strezewski, James R. Jones III, and Dorothea McCullough.   IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 513.  February 2006.

 

The Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Archaeological Survey (IPFW-AS) completed archaeological and geophysical survey and testing within three areas of Prophetstown State Park, in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. This work was conducted under contract with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Division of Engineering, per the terms of an American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) grant from the National Park Service to evaluate a number of areas within the park that were possibly associated with the Battle of Tippecanoe, which took place in November 1811. The results of this project included enhanced definitions for the site of Kethtippecanunk (a Native American and French trader’s village), and other areas of the park.   209 pages. View/download ROI 513

 

Phase II Subsurface Investigations of Five Multicomponent Prehistoric Archaeological Sites (12-La-84, 91, 92, 522 526) in the Kankakee Marsh of Lake County, Indiana (13 MB).  By Sarah L. Surface-Evans, Donald H. Gaff, and R. Brian Somers with contributions by Leslie L. Bush and Scott D. Hipskind   IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 503.  May 2005.

 

At the request of Vulcan Materials Company, Inc. of Lombard, Illinois, the Archaeological Survey of Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW-AS) conducted Phase II subsurface archaeological testing of five previously documented archaeological sites (12-La-84, 91, 92, 522, 526) in Lake County, Indiana. Investigations were conducted under permit #200456 from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. Work performed by the IPFW-AS included hand excavation, geophysical survey, mechanical excavation, and pedestrian survey. Significant cultural resource components were recognized at five sites, ranging from the Paleoindian through the Late Prehistoric periods. Metric and descriptive artifactual and feature data are presented.   307 pages. View/download ROI 503

 

Late Prehistoric Archaeology of a Frontier (4,431k).  By Robert G. McCullough (editor). Contributions by Leslie L. Bush, Scott Hipskind, Adam Lauer, Dorothea McCullough, R. Brian Somers, Andrew A. White, and Mariah Yager.  IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 502.  July 2005.

 

This report details grant-supported research carried out in 2004 as part of the IPFW-AS's study of Late Prehistoric social dynamics in central and northern Indiana.  Excavations and materials from the Castor Farm site (12-H-3) and the Strawtown enclosure (12-H-883) are described.  272 pages. View/download ROI 502

 

Paleoindian Chronology and Technology in Northeastern Indiana (2,163k).  By Andrew A. White.  IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 501.  June 2005.

 

This report details grant-supported research carried out in 2004 and 2005 as part of the IPFW-AS's study of the Paleoindian period in northeastern Indiana.  The report includes a predictive model for prehistoric open sites in northeastern Indiana and documentation (photographs and metric and nonmetric data) and analysis of over 100 Paleoindian hafted bifaces.  190 pages. View/download ROI 501

 

Frontier Interaction During the Late Prehistoric Period:  A Case Study from Central Indiana (4,092k).  By Robert G. McCullough, Andrew A. White, Michael R. Strezewski, and Dorothea McCullough, with contributions by Leslie L. Bush, Staffan Peterson, and Rexford C. Garniewicz.  IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 401.  July 2004.

 

This report details grant-supported research carried out in 2003 as part of the IPFW-AS's study of Late Prehistoric social dynamics in central and northern Indiana.  Excavations and materials from the Castor Farm site (12-H-3) and the Strawtown enclosure (12-H-883) are described.  308 pages. View/download ROI 401

 

"Ellen We Miss Thee at Home":  Archaeological Investigations at the Michigan City Old Graveyard (12 Le 348), La Porte County, Indiana (902k).  By Michael R. Strezewski, with a contribution by Leslie L. Bush.  IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 308. September 2003.

 

This report details recovery excavations at a portion of a cemetery in northwestern Indiana.  Fifteen historic period human burials, most of which probably date to the 1850s and 1860s, were documented and excavated.  56 pages. View/download ROI 308.

 

An Archaeological Survey of the Thiebaud Property, Switzerland County, Indiana (1,720k).  By Michael R. Strezewski.  IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 305. February 2004.

 

This report describes a surface survey of a 165 acres in Switzerland County, Indiana.  Prehistoric and historic period sites are described.  70 pages.   View/download ROI 305.

 

For more information about the Thiebaud property and Switzerland County history, please contact Martha Bladen of the Switzerland County Historical Society:  (812) 427-3560; (812) 427-3469 (home).

 

Excavations at the Clark's Point Site (12-Cl-3), Clark County, Indiana  (1,214k).  By Andrew A. White.  IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 302. June 2004.

 

This report details a small excavation within the Late Archaic midden at the Clark's Point site.  Excavations were conducted by the IPFW-AS and the Falls of the Ohio Archaeological Society in October of 2002 and March of 2003.  103 pages.   View/download ROI 302.

 

Archaeological Investigations at Two Late Prehistoric Earthen Enclosures in Indiana (5,952k).  By Andrew A. White, Robert G. McCullough, and Dorothea McCullough, with contributions by Leslie L. Bush, Rexford C. Garniewicz, and Nikki A. Waters.  IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 301.  May 2003.

This report details grant-supported research carried out in 2002 as part of the IPFW-AS's study of Late Prehistoric social dynamics in central and northern Indiana.  Excavations and materials from the Scranage and Strawtown enclosures are described.  Particular attention is paid to the well-preserved cultural encountered beneath the embankment at Strawtown.  445 pages. View/download ROI 301.

 

Phase II Excavations at the Kosko Site (12 Ko 492), Kosciusko County, Indiana (1,539k).  By Andrew A. White, with a contribution by Leslie L. Bush.  IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 218.  October 2002.

The Kosko site was identified as a lithic scatter situated on a sand hill complex overlooking wetlands adjacent to the Tippecanoe River.  Phase II excavations in a small portion of the site resulted in the discovery and documentation of several truncated features, including the remains of an earth oven, two possible roasting pits, and a possible posthole.  The only diagnostic artifact from the site was a PaleoIndian biface fragment recovered from the plowzone.  The overall character of the deposits and materials from the area suggest the dominant occupation of the site occurred during the Archaic period. 71 pages. View/download ROI 218.

 

 An Archaeological Evaluation of Late Prehistoric Village and Subsistence Patterns in North-Central and Northeastern Indiana (3,725k).  By Andrew A. White, Dorothea McCullough, and Robert G. McCullough, with contributions by Leslie L. Bush, Donald R. Cochran, Devin Fishel, Rexford C. Garniewicz, Mark Moore, and Andrew M. Schneider.  IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 216.  June 2002.

This report details grant-supported research carried out in 2001 as part of the IPFW-AS's study of Late Prehistoric social dynamics in central and northern Indiana.  Excavations at three sites (Scranage Enclosure, Strawtown Enclosure, and 12 Al 122) are described in addition to the results of several survey and surface collection efforts.  Analysis and discussion are focused on interpretation of the complex deposits associated with the earthen enclosure sites and the relevance of these sites to hypotheses about Late Prehistoric migration, warfare, and ethnogenesis in the midwest.  225 pages. View/download ROI 216.

 

 Survey and Excavations in the Nugent East Area, Clark County, Indiana, 1998-1999 (4,837k). By Andrew A. White, with contributions by Sarah L. Surface-Evans and Leslie L. Bush.  IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 206.  April 2002.

Extensive excavations carried out in the Bethlehem Bottom prior to the commencement of sand and gravel mining resulted in the documentation of several Late Archaic features and the collection of numerous Late Archaic Stemmed hafted bifaces.  This report describes the excavations, features, and materials collected, and offers a preliminary analysis of the Late Archaic component of the Miles site (12 Cl 158).  323 pages. View/download ROI 206.

 

 

 

Survey and Excavations in the Nugent East Area, Clark County, Indiana, 1998-1999 (4,837k). By Andrew A. White, with contributions by Sarah L. Surface-Evans and Leslie L. Bush.  IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 206.  April 2002.

Extensive excavations carried out in the Bethlehem Bottom prior to the commencement of sand and gravel mining resulted in the documentation of several Late Archaic features and the collection of numerous Late Archaic Stemmed hafted bifaces.  This report describes the excavations, features, and materials collected, and offers a preliminary analysis of the Late Archaic component of the Miles site (12 Cl 158).  323 pages. View/download ROI 206. 

 

 

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Archaeology Investigation of Two Western Basin Tradition Related Sites in Northeast and Central Indiana Volume II: Castor Farm (12-H-3) (20.9 MB). Robert G. McCullough, and Colin D. Graham with contributions by Craig R. Arnold, Leslie Bush, Dorothea McCullough, Eric Sanchez,   Andrew Smith, and Sharon Smith. IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 1001. June 2010.

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Archaeology Investigation of Two Western Basin Tradition Related Sites in Northeast and Central Indiana Volume I: Kramer Enclosure (12-AI-15) (26.3 MB). Robert G. McCullough, and Colin D. Graham with contributions by Craig R. Arnold, Leslie Bush,  Scott Hipskind, Dorothea McCullough and Andrew Smith. IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 1001. July 2010.

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Archaeology Investigation of Three Western Basin Tradition Sites in Allen County, Indiana (39.9 MB). Dorothea McCullough, editor with contributions by Craig R. Arnold, Leslie Bush, Colin D. Graham, Scott Hipskind and Robert G. McCullough. IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 901. August 2009.

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Archaeology in a Public Venue at the Strawtown Enclosure (12-H-883): 2008 (23.2 MB). By Colin D. Graham and Robert G. McCullough. Contributions by Craig R. Arnold, Scott Hipskind, and Dorothea McCullough. IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 902. July 2009.

 

This report details grant-funded research conducted by the Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne Archaeological Survey (IPFW-AS), at the Strawtown enclosure (12-H-883), located in the developing Strawtown Koteewi Park in Hamilton County, Indiana, during Indiana Archaeology Month in 2008. The goal of the work was to continue to build on previous research by collecting household-level information to address questions of cultural processes in the prehistoric frontier societies of central Indiana. The broader research agenda was integrated with a proactive public program to increase awareness of archaeology and archaeological methods and goals. Excavations open to the public at the Strawtown enclosure were designed to encourage public participation and education. Volunteer labor and public outreach were important components. 330 pages. View/download ROI 902

 

Archaeology in a Public Venue at the Strawtown Enclosure (12-H-883): 2007 (16.9 MB). Edited by Robert G. McCullough. Contributions by Craig R. Arnold, Colin Graham, Scott Hipskind, and Dorothea McCullough. IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 803. July 2008.

This report details grant-funded research conducted by the Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne Archaeological Survey (IPFW-AS), at the Strawtown enclosure (12-H-883), located in the developing Strawtown Koteewi Park in Hamilton County, Indiana, during Indiana Archaeology Month in 2007. The goal of the work was to continue to build on previous research by collecting household-level information to address questions of cultural processes in the prehistoric frontier societies of central Indiana. The broader research agenda was integrated with a proactive public program to increase awareness of archaeology and archaeological methods and goals. Excavations open to the public at the Strawtown enclosure were designed to encourage public participation and education. Volunteer labor and public outreach were important components. 248 pages. View/download ROI 803

 

Intensive Survey of the Forts of Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana (22.3 MB).; By Christopher R. Andres, Dorothea McCullough, and Michael Strezewski. Contributions by Craig R. Arnold, Colin Graham, and Scott Hipskind. IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 801. April 2008.

 

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Report of the 2006 Archaeological Investigations at Kethtippecanunk (12-T-59), Tippecanoe County, Indiana (15 MB). By Michael Strezewski, Robert G. McCullough, Dorothea McCullough, Craig Arnold and Joshua J. Wells. Contributions by James R. Jones III, and Leslie Bush. IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 703. July 2007.

 

In the summer of 2006, the Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne Archaeological Survey (IPFW-AS) conducted geophysical survey and excavations at the site of Kethtippecanunk (12-T-59), located within Prophetstown State Park, near Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana. In the late eighteenth century, Kethtippecanunk was the hub of Native and Euroamerican trade in the central Wabash valley and was occupied by a mixed population of French and British traders and Native Americans. The town was burned in 1791 after an attack by the Kentucky militia. The site is located at a strategic point near the confluence of the Tippecanoe and Wabash rivers, on a terrace remnant of the Wabash River.   352 pages. View/download ROI 703

  

 

The Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene Occupation of the Kankakee Region of Northwest Indiana (11 MB).  By Andrew A. White. Contributions by Craig Arnold and Joshua Wells   IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 702.  August 2007.

 

This report describes grant-supported archaeological research conducted by the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Archaeological Survey (IPFW-AS) during 2006 and 2007. This research comprised the third year of the Northern Indiana Paleoindian Project. Work included both field survey and documentation and analysis of private artifact collections in the Kankakee region of northwest Indiana. The primary objective was to collect data to clarify and address gaps in our basic knowledge of the Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene hunter-gatherers that inhabited this region around 12,000 - 8,000 B.C. At the geographic scale of analysis represented by the sample, variation in projectile point shape may be a clinal phenomenon related to change through time. Patterns of lithic raw material use and hafted biface morphology demonstrate that the early prehistory of the Kankakee is connected to that of adjacent regions. Data collected during this project can be combined with other data and used to test explanatory models of early hunter-gatherer systems in this part of the midcontinent.   262 pages. View/download ROI 702

 

Archaeology in a Public Venue at the Strawtown Enclosure (12-H-883): 2006 (14 MB).  By Craig R. Arnold, M.A., Colin Graham, Scott Hipskind, Dorothea McCullough, Ph.D., Robert G. McCullough, Ph.D., and Mariah Yager.   IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 701.  July 2007.

 

This report details grant-funded research conducted by the Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne Archaeological Survey (IPFW-AS), at the Strawtown enclosure (12-H-883), located in the developing Strawtown Koteewi Park in Hamilton County, Indiana, during Indiana Archaeology Month in 2006. The goal of the current research was to collect household-level information to address questions of cultural processes in sedentary societies of a prehistoric frontier where Fort Ancient, Western Basin, and Oneota-like cultures overlapped. The broader research agenda was integrated with a proactive public program to increase awareness of archaeology and archaeological methods and goals. Excavations open to the public at the Strawtown enclosure were designed to encourage public participation and education. Volunteer labor and public outreach were important components. During the three weeks of excavations, over 3,000 individuals visited the site. 207 pages. View/download ROI 701

 

 

Archaeological Investigations at the Prather Site, Clark County, Indiana: The 2005 Survey and Excavations (80MB).  By Cheryl Ann Munson, Michael Strezewski, and C. Russell Stafford. Contributions by Mark Cantin, Jocelyn C. Turner, Rexford C. Garniewicz, Laura Kozuch, and Susan Dale Spencer.  IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 602.  Fall 2006.

This report details grant-supported research carried out in 2005 at the Prather site, Indiana's best preserved Mississippian site in the Falls of the Ohio region (and possibly the least-known Mississippian mound center in the Ohio Valley). This investigation involved auger sampling, solid earth coring, geophysical survey, and standard archaeological excavation. These combined data informed detailed analyses of the Prather site structure.  227 pages. View/download ROI 602

 

 The Northeastern Indiana Paleoindian Project: 2005-2006 Season (6,120k).  By Andrew A. White.  IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 601.  August 2006.


This report details grant-supported research carried out in 2005-2006 as part of the Northeastern Indiana Paleoindian project. Geophysical survey and excavations at the Kosko and Arrowhead Marsh sites are described, as are over 200 Paleoindian hafted bifaces from institutional and private collections in the region.  369 pages. View/download ROI 601

 

Archaeological Investigations at Site 12-T-59 and Two Other Locations in Prophetstown State Park, Tippecanoe County, Indiana (3,155k).  By Michael Strezewski, James R. Jones III, and Dorothea McCullough.   IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 513.  February 2006.

 

The Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Archaeological Survey (IPFW-AS) completed archaeological and geophysical survey and testing within three areas of Prophetstown State Park, in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. This work was conducted under contract with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Division of Engineering, per the terms of an American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) grant from the National Park Service to evaluate a number of areas within the park that were possibly associated with the Battle of Tippecanoe, which took place in November 1811. The results of this project included enhanced definitions for the site of Kethtippecanunk (a Native American and French trader’s village), and other areas of the park.   209 pages. View/download ROI 513

 

Phase II Subsurface Investigations of Five Multicomponent Prehistoric Archaeological Sites (12-La-84, 91, 92, 522 526) in the Kankakee Marsh of Lake County, Indiana (13 MB).  By Sarah L. Surface-Evans, Donald H. Gaff, and R. Brian Somers with contributions by Leslie L. Bush and Scott D. Hipskind   IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 503.  May 2005.

 

At the request of Vulcan Materials Company, Inc. of Lombard, Illinois, the Archaeological Survey of Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW-AS) conducted Phase II subsurface archaeological testing of five previously documented archaeological sites (12-La-84, 91, 92, 522, 526) in Lake County, Indiana. Investigations were conducted under permit #200456 from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. Work performed by the IPFW-AS included hand excavation, geophysical survey, mechanical excavation, and pedestrian survey. Significant cultural resource components were recognized at five sites, ranging from the Paleoindian through the Late Prehistoric periods. Metric and descriptive artifactual and feature data are presented.   307 pages. View/download ROI 503

 

Late Prehistoric Archaeology of a Frontier (4,431k).  By Robert G. McCullough (editor). Contributions by Leslie L. Bush, Scott Hipskind, Adam Lauer, Dorothea McCullough, R. Brian Somers, Andrew A. White, and Mariah Yager.  IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 502.  July 2005.

 

This report details grant-supported research carried out in 2004 as part of the IPFW-AS's study of Late Prehistoric social dynamics in central and northern Indiana.  Excavations and materials from the Castor Farm site (12-H-3) and the Strawtown enclosure (12-H-883) are described.  272 pages. View/download ROI 502

 

Paleoindian Chronology and Technology in Northeastern Indiana (2,163k).  By Andrew A. White.  IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 501.  June 2005.

 

This report details grant-supported research carried out in 2004 and 2005 as part of the IPFW-AS's study of the Paleoindian period in northeastern Indiana.  The report includes a predictive model for prehistoric open sites in northeastern Indiana and documentation (photographs and metric and nonmetric data) and analysis of over 100 Paleoindian hafted bifaces.  190 pages. View/download ROI 501

 

Frontier Interaction During the Late Prehistoric Period:  A Case Study from Central Indiana (4,092k).  By Robert G. McCullough, Andrew A. White, Michael R. Strezewski, and Dorothea McCullough, with contributions by Leslie L. Bush, Staffan Peterson, and Rexford C. Garniewicz.  IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 401.  July 2004.

 

This report details grant-supported research carried out in 2003 as part of the IPFW-AS's study of Late Prehistoric social dynamics in central and northern Indiana.  Excavations and materials from the Castor Farm site (12-H-3) and the Strawtown enclosure (12-H-883) are described.  308 pages. View/download ROI 401

 

"Ellen We Miss Thee at Home":  Archaeological Investigations at the Michigan City Old Graveyard (12 Le 348), La Porte County, Indiana (902k).  By Michael R. Strezewski, with a contribution by Leslie L. Bush.  IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 308. September 2003.

 

This report details recovery excavations at a portion of a cemetery in northwestern Indiana.  Fifteen historic period human burials, most of which probably date to the 1850s and 1860s, were documented and excavated.  56 pages. View/download ROI 308.

 

An Archaeological Survey of the Thiebaud Property, Switzerland County, Indiana (1,720k).  By Michael R. Strezewski.  IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 305. February 2004.

 

This report describes a surface survey of a 165 acres in Switzerland County, Indiana.  Prehistoric and historic period sites are described.  70 pages.   View/download ROI 305.

 

For more information about the Thiebaud property and Switzerland County history, please contact Martha Bladen of the Switzerland County Historical Society:  (812) 427-3560; (812) 427-3469 (home).

 

Excavations at the Clark's Point Site (12-Cl-3), Clark County, Indiana  (1,214k).  By Andrew A. White.  IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 302. June 2004.

 

This report details a small excavation within the Late Archaic midden at the Clark's Point site.  Excavations were conducted by the IPFW-AS and the Falls of the Ohio Archaeological Society in October of 2002 and March of 2003.  103 pages.   View/download ROI 302.

 

Archaeological Investigations at Two Late Prehistoric Earthen Enclosures in Indiana (5,952k).  By Andrew A. White, Robert G. McCullough, and Dorothea McCullough, with contributions by Leslie L. Bush, Rexford C. Garniewicz, and Nikki A. Waters.  IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 301.  May 2003.

This report details grant-supported research carried out in 2002 as part of the IPFW-AS's study of Late Prehistoric social dynamics in central and northern Indiana.  Excavations and materials from the Scranage and Strawtown enclosures are described.  Particular attention is paid to the well-preserved cultural encountered beneath the embankment at Strawtown.  445 pages. View/download ROI 301.

 

Phase II Excavations at the Kosko Site (12 Ko 492), Kosciusko County, Indiana (1,539k).  By Andrew A. White, with a contribution by Leslie L. Bush.  IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 218.  October 2002.

The Kosko site was identified as a lithic scatter situated on a sand hill complex overlooking wetlands adjacent to the Tippecanoe River.  Phase II excavations in a small portion of the site resulted in the discovery and documentation of several truncated features, including the remains of an earth oven, two possible roasting pits, and a possible posthole.  The only diagnostic artifact from the site was a PaleoIndian biface fragment recovered from the plowzone.  The overall character of the deposits and materials from the area suggest the dominant occupation of the site occurred during the Archaic period. 71 pages. View/download ROI 218.

 

 An Archaeological Evaluation of Late Prehistoric Village and Subsistence Patterns in North-Central and Northeastern Indiana (3,725k).  By Andrew A. White, Dorothea McCullough, and Robert G. McCullough, with contributions by Leslie L. Bush, Donald R. Cochran, Devin Fishel, Rexford C. Garniewicz, Mark Moore, and Andrew M. Schneider.  IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 216.  June 2002.

This report details grant-supported research carried out in 2001 as part of the IPFW-AS's study of Late Prehistoric social dynamics in central and northern Indiana.  Excavations at three sites (Scranage Enclosure, Strawtown Enclosure, and 12 Al 122) are described in addition to the results of several survey and surface collection efforts.  Analysis and discussion are focused on interpretation of the complex deposits associated with the earthen enclosure sites and the relevance of these sites to hypotheses about Late Prehistoric migration, warfare, and ethnogenesis in the midwest.  225 pages. View/download ROI 216.

 

Survey and Excavations in the Nugent East Area, Clark County, Indiana, 1998-1999 (4,837k). By Andrew A. White, with contributions by Sarah L. Surface-Evans and Leslie L. Bush.  IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 206.  April 2002.

Extensive excavations carried out in the Bethlehem Bottom prior to the commencement of sand and gravel mining resulted in the documentation of several Late Archaic features and the collection of numerous Late Archaic Stemmed hafted bifaces.  This report describes the excavations, features, and materials collected, and offers a preliminary analysis of the Late Archaic component of the Miles site (12 Cl 158).  323 pages. View/download ROI 206.

 

Survey and Excavations in the Nugent East Area, Clark County, Indiana, 1998-1999 (4,837k). By Andrew A. White, with contributions by Sarah L. Surface-Evans and Leslie L. Bush.  IPFW-AS Reports of Investigations 206.  April 2002.

Extensive excavations carried out in the Bethlehem Bottom prior to the commencement of sand and gravel mining resulted in the documentation of several Late Archaic features and the collection of numerous Late Archaic Stemmed hafted bifaces.  This report describes the excavations, features, and materials collected, and offers a preliminary analysis of the Late Archaic component of the Miles site (12 Cl 158).  323 pages. View/download ROI 206.