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IU President Announces New Museum During State Of The University Address

IU President Michael McRobbie speaks at the annual State of the University address, Sept. 24, 2019.

IU President Michael McRobbie speaks at the annual State of the University address, Sept. 24, 2019. (Courtesy of Indiana University)

Indiana University will add another museum to its five existing museums on its Bloomington campus, President Michael McRobbie announced Tuesday at the annual State of the University Address.

IU will form the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology from existing collections at the Glenn Black Laboratory of Archaeology and the Mathers Museum of World Culture.

McRobbie says the new collection will house artifacts from pre-Columbian Native American civilizations of the Midwest.

"Central to this will be Indiana University’s unique collection of and engagement with artifacts from the Mississippian civilization site in Angel Mounds near Evansville, dating from 1000 to 1450 C.E.," he says.

IU is funding the museum with money from the last state budget and other state funds, which total $11 million.

McRobbie announced Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences faculty member Ed Herrmann as the museum’s first director.

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