Principal Investigators: Christine Thompson and Kevin C. Nolan


Goals

We will conduct a Phase I survey of 900 acres in Jasper County, Indiana in order to achieve our goals of increasing the site database, resolving any inconsistencies found in the SHAARD database, refining the cultural chronology for the county, building on a FY2012 HPF Grant survey conducted by Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Archaeological Survey (IPFW-AS), and examining evidence for the settlement of Yeoman and Nowles and the interaction of the Euro-American settlers and Native Americans along the Iroquois River. Specifically we hope to add to the understanding of the Early Woodland and Late Archaic periods of the county based on the low number of previously documented sites for these cultural periods in comparison to the surrounding counties.

Rationale

Jasper County has a low number of archaeological sites on record (239).  This project will significantly improve our understanding of prehistoric and historic resources in the county.  The information can be used for comparison with other Till Plain areas in Indiana.  This grant builds on and enhances the FY2012 HPF Grant awarded to IPFW-AS that documented 137 newly discovered archaeological sites, providing a more complete archaeological survey and coverage for the county.  In addition, it increases the archaeological knowledge of Euro-American settlements and interaction with Native American groups of the time along the Iroquois River. The information can be used for comparison with other waterways and early settlements in Indiana. 

Results

Between 200 and 250 new sites will be added to the archaeological data base and the regional culture history will be refined.  Inconsistencies in the SHAARD database will be addressed and resolved as necessary.  Information from the FY2012 HPF Grant completed by IPFW-AS will be built upon and used as part of the analysis of this project. Comparative data will be generated to address important questions relevant to regional archaeology.  A public presentation and web site information will disseminate the results of the project to a wider audience.  A final report will document the project.  A short article will also be produced for inclusion in DHPA’s Indiana Archaeology journal.  Articles may be submitted to other regional and national peer-reviewed journals including results of both the FY2012 HPF Grant and of this proposed grant.