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DNR Awards Grant For Archaeological Research In Monroe County

Students mark dig sites where they found evidence of human activity  at the Sycamore Land Trust's Powell Preserve outside Gosport..

Photo: Tyler Lake (WFIU/WTIU News)

Students mark dig sites where they found evidence of human activity at the Sycamore Land Trust's Powell Preserve outside Gosport.

A grant from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources will support a new archaeological survey in Monroe County. Indiana University’s Glenn Black Laboratory of Archaeology received almost $50,000 in an effort to uncover more about the area’s history.

 The project has been funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Fund administered by the DNR, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.

Research scientist Liz Watts-Malouchos is leading the project at 8 nature preserves in the Bean Blossom Creek watershed with a group of archaeology students.

“Every preserve that we’re working on has never been professionally surveyed or completely covered via professional survey, so we’re really looking forward to adding to the archaeological record and what we know about this area of Indiana,” she says.

Watts-Molouchos and her team test each area by digging holes and analyzing the soil for any signs of human activity. She says finding artifacts like small pieces of ceramic or the remnants of tools can help answer questions about those who lived here before us.

She plans on finishing her initial survey of the preserves by the end of August.  Projects in Indianapolis, Valparaiso, and Terre Haute also received grant funding from the DNR.

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