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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

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Members of the Falls of the Ohio Archaeological Society (FOAS) washing artifacts.
Archaeology is for the young and young at heart. Members of the Falls of the Ohio Archaeological Society (FOAS) washing artifacts. (Photo courtesy of FOAS)
Dr. Rick Jones sharing information about archaeology with a young person.
Dr. Rick Jones sharing information about archaeology with a young person.

There are many ways that communities can use what is learned through archaeology about the cultures of Indiana. Archaeology can be an economic tool to foster heritage tourism of communities by creating, for example, parks geared towards archaeological resources. Additionally, heritage tours can incorporate archaeological sites to visit, as well as museums housing exhibits about past cultures and what has been learned through archaeology. The Archaeology staff of our office is always available to advise and assist in the activities of local historical groups, private individuals, and organizations. There is a great public demand for information about archaeology in Indiana, and many of our programs have been developed to meet those needs.

Ways to become involved in Indiana Archaeology:

  • Donate to the Archaeology Preservation Trust Fund
  • Participate in programs and events such as Indiana Archaeology Month, archaeological excavations, and more
  • Report any activities regarding damage or looting of archaeological sites to the DHPA or local law enforcement
  • Join an avocational group.
  • Attend a DHPA archaeological training session or stewardship program, usually offered during Indiana Archaeology Month
  • Share what you know about archaeological site locations and artifacts with professionals (the more we know about sites, the more we are able to protect them)
  • Incorporate archaeology into tourism and educational efforts
  • Attend or sponsor archaeological lectures
  • Volunteer during archaeological events
  • Join a group such as the Archaeological Conservancy, the Society for American Archaeology, etc. These national groups advocate protection of archaeological resources and sharing of knowledge about sites and our history
  • Visit locations in Indiana where archaeological resources are protected and interpreted, such as: Angel Mounds State Historic Site, Mounds State Park, the Indiana State Museum, the River Road Park (Hamilton County Parks Department), and more
  • Learn about the archaeological grants which are available
  • Join the mailing list to receive our monthly archaeology e-newsletter, Archaeology News
  • Contact the DHPA Archaeology Outreach Coordinator. Let her know your thoughts about the programs and events organized by the DHPA; our outreach products; additional archaeological information which you may like to see on our website, etc.

If you would like to learn more about Indiana archaeology in your community, or how to become involved in archaeology in general, click on the following links:

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