The IPFW Archaeological Survey was created in 1981 as a community service enterprise and instructional support service of the IPFW Anthropology program, serving as an umbrella for cultural resource management and research-based archaeological activities within the geographic service area of the university.
The Survey is committed to the dissemination of archaeological information and public involvement in Midwestern archaeology. Our professional staff assists museums, local historical societies and other groups in the investigation, documentation and interpretation of cultural resources.
Our commitment to public education includes presenting research papers at professional meetings, preparation of articles for publication, public lectures, and electronic publication of our major reports. The Survey also serves as a repository of archaeological data. We house collections of documents and artifacts from our own projects as well as materials acquired by other groups in the course of projects required by the state and/or federal governments.
Under the direction of Andrew Smith, Archaeological Survey personnel are currently pursuing research projects across Indiana, the Great Lakes, and Ohio Valley. The Survey has also completed and is involved in ongoing Phase I, II, and III Section 106 projects in Indiana and Kentucky, and usually offers a yearly archaeological field school. In 2012, the Survey will be working on large scale survey of a data deficient county and research on an historic amusement park. In addition, the Archaeological Survey has partnered with the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology and other archaeologists in the state on a Preserve America grant aimed at a complete inventory of prehistoric mounds and earthworks within the state of Indiana.
For more information, see the center's website.Archaeological Survey