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September 4, 2011

September is Indiana Archaeology Month

TERRE HAUTE — Hoosier history buffs can meet archaeologists and even visit archaeological digs during Indiana Archaeology Month in September.

Archaeology Month is an opportunity to celebrate and learn about Indiana archaeology. A variety of events for all ages are staged each September by universities, museums, organizations and individuals throughout Indiana. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology is responsible for coordinating Archaeology Month.

Archaeologists have recorded more than 60,000 sites in Indiana since the early 1800s, helping to shape public understanding of the prehistoric and historic people who also called this land home.

“Archaeology tells us not only about the past but also sheds light about ourselves today and our future,” said Robert E. Carter Jr., DNR director and State Historic Preservation Officer. “Archaeology Month provides a perfect way for Hoosiers to find out how, with programs that are not only educational and informative but also fun.”

 A schedule of events and additional information for this year’s Archaeology Month can be found at www.in.gov/dnr/historic/3674.htm, or by contacting Amy Johnson at ajohnson@dnr.IN.gov or (317) 232-1646.

The commemorative poster and shirt designs this year feature an array of prehistoric stone artifacts, all found in Indiana, including projectile points dating back to 8500 B.C. Shirts are $6 each and can be purchased from the DNR Customer Service Center at (317) 232-4200.

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