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Each year, Indiana Archaeology Month (September) features a “theme” or focus, and in 2014, the archaeology of utopian sites in Indiana is highlighted. Archaeological investigations have taught us much about the way people lived at sites of communal societies. During the early decades of the 19th century, attempts were made in some Indiana locations to establish utopian communities. For example, the Shakers established Busro or West Union in Knox County. New Harmony, Posey Co., was the site of two early American utopian communities, the religious Harmonie Society (the Harmonists) and later the secular Owenites.
This year’s poster and t-shirt designs include images of historic structures, a landscape architecture feature [the Labyrinth], an archaeological investigation, and artifacts from one location, New Harmony. New Harmony celebrates its bicentennial in 2014, and the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA) is pleased to present these two commemorative products that feature elements of archaeology and this site of early experiments in community.
To obtain a poster, you may either visit the DHPA (at 402 West Washington Street, Room W274, Indianapolis), pick up a poster at an Indiana Archaeology Month event where the DHPA archaeology staff will be participating, or contact the office at (317) 232-6982 for individual posters. A poster will be included with mail orders of the shirts.
Indiana Archaeology Month commemorative shirts are only $6 each, and quantities are limited. Sizes small-2XL. Shirts may be purchased in the Department of Natural Resources Customer Service Center in the Indiana Government Center South, Room W160A, Indianapolis. For mail orders, call (317) 232-4200 or (877) 463-6367.
DHPA archaeology staff will also be bringing shirts for sale to events they’ll be attending during Indiana Archaeology Month.
We thank all of the organizations listed below for the kind permission to include their images in the 2014 commemorative poster and/or shirts designs. The 2014 poster and shirt designs are by Nicole D. Arb. Printed by PEN Products (www.penproducts.com)
1. Indiana Department of Natural Resources
2. DNR, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology files
3. The collection of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites
4. Old Economy Village, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
The poster has been financed with federal funds from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Fund, as administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. However, the contents and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of the Interior, nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, or disability in its federally assisted programs. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to: Office of Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20240.