Unearthing a Half-Century of Archaeological Research in Indiana: Digitizing the Report of Investigations and Archaeological Report Series

Material Description

The materials to be digitized are 120 collections including 18 Archaeological Reports (dated 1965 through 1984) and 102 Reports of Investigations (dated 1980 through present). These collections represent over 50 years of archaeological research in the state of Indiana conducted by various archaeologists associated with BSU/AAL. These collections reflect archaeological research across the entire state including 42 of 92 counties within Indiana. Topics range from the earliest Native American colonizers who entered North America at the terminus of the Ice Age, to research into the origin and meaning of the earthen burial mounds that dotted the Ohio Valley and fueled speculation from America’s greatest minds including Thomas Jefferson, to documentation of military engagements such as the Mississinewa Campaign of the War of 1812, to research into African-American and Quaker farmers of East-Central Indiana. Specific AR/ROIs focus on pre-contact mounds and earthworks, large scale surveys of specific Indiana counties or river drainages, transportation related archaeology compliance projects, historic houses, and specific archaeological sites, including National Register listed pre-contact sites. See uploaded Collections List for details. Original funding agencies for this research include the National Park Service, Historic Preservation Fund, Corps of Engineers, BSU funded field schools, Preserve America, Ohio History Fund, and client funded federally mandated cultural resource management projects. Each individual AR/ROI collection is curated at BSU and consists of a technical report (sometimes 2 volumes), up to 30,000+ pre-contact and historic artifacts, maps, field notes, data sheets, etc.

Year Added:



Ball State University


Dr. Kevin Nolan
Ball State University

Ms. Christine Thompson
Ball State University

Mr. Matthew Purtill
Ball State University

Date Range

11 - 11

Geographic Scope

The 120 collections to be digitized cover archaeological investigations from all of Indiana and parts of western and central Ohio. All three physical regions in Indiana are represented including the Northern Moraine and Lake (northern third), the Central Till Plain (central third) and the Southern Hills and Lowlands (southern third).


  • 2400 Artifacts