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Archaeology: Uncovering Indiana's Past - Bibliography Archaeology: Uncovering Indiana's Past - Bibliography

A Note Regarding Resources: Items are listed on this page that enhance work with the topic discussed. Some older items, especially, may include dated practices and ideas that are no longer generally accepted. Resources reflecting current practices are noted whenever possible

Selected Sources

Black, Glenn A. “A” is for Axe—A “First Reader” about some Indian Artifacts. Indiana Historical Bureau, 1958.
This excellent pamphlet can be purchased from the Historical Bureau.

Black, Glenn A. Angel Site: An Archaeological, Historical, and Ethnological Study. 2 vols. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1967.
This is the classic work on Angel Mounds. Reading is technical and recommended for adults.

Gholson, Nancy, and Ruehrwein, Richard. Angel Mounds State Memorial Activity Book. Cincinnati: Creative Company. 1981.
This coloring book is available directly from Angel Mounds or the Indiana State Museum Gift Shop.

Hackwell, W. John. Digging To The Past: Excavations in Ancient Lands. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1986.
An excellent source with illustrations for interested students, intermediate level.

Kellar, James H. An Introduction to the Prehistory of Indiana. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1983.
This book is very useful for secondary level and adults. Highly recommended.

Lilly, Eli. Prehistoric Antiquities of Indiana. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1937.
The Lilly book is a classic on the subject. Adult reading.

Macaulay, David. Motel of the Mysteries. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1979.
Macaulay presents a delightfully funny and sarcastic treatment of archaeology. This is a good source to use with a secondary school class.

McIntosh, Jane. The Practical Archaeologist: How We Know What We Know About the Past. New York: Facts On File Publications, 1986.
The question and answer format makes this adult book easier for students.

Morrison, Velma Ford. Going On A Dig. New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1981.
Another good source for students interested in learning more about archaeology. Intermediate level.

Porell, Bruce. Digging The Past. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc., 1979.
Highly recommended source dealing with basic archaeology. Students of all ages.

Taurel, Alison, trans. Archaeology. Milwaukee: Raintree Publishers, 1988.
Question and answer format with excellent illustrations and photos. Highly recommended.

More Resources

Angel Mounds Historic Site is located seven miles east of Evansville and is open Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free. Call 812/853-3956.

Rick Jones, Senior Archaeologist, State of Indiana, 402 W. Washington Street, Room 274, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204.
Mr. Jones recommends the following sources:

Deetz, James F. Invitation to Archaeology. Garden City, N.J.: Natural History Press, 1967.

Deetz, James F. In Small Things Forgotten. New York: Doubleday, 1977.

Fagan, Brian M. Archaeology: A Brief Introduction. 2nd Edition. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1983.

Justice, Noel D. Stone Age Spear and Arrow Points of the Midcontinental and Eastern United States. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1987.

Streuver, Stuart and Felicia A. Holton. Koster: Americans in Search of Their Prehistoric Past. New York: Signet/New American Library, Inc.,1979.

Tanner, Helen H., ed. Atlas of Great Lakes Indian History. The University of Oklahoma Press, 1987.

Shirley Anderson, Northwest Indiana Archaeological Association, 164 East 550 S, Kouts, Indiana 46347.

Mike Anslinger, Wabash Valley Archaeological Society, 1521 S. Center St., Terre Haute, Indiana 47802.

Tom Ciskowski, Indianapolis Amateur Archaeological Association, Inc., R.R. 2, Box 344, Worthington, Indiana 47471.

Bill Deilkes, Upper White River Archaeological Society, 2004 S. Pershing, Muncie, Indiana 47302.

Kris Ritchie, Little Turtle Archaeological Research Society, 336 N. Chauncey, Columbia City, Indiana 46725.

Cameron Quimbach, Archaeological Communications, 5267 Guilford Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana 46220.

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