Indiana Archaeology Month (September 2017)

September will be Indiana Archaeology Month, and the 2017 commemorative posters are now available.

This year’s “theme”  highlights Mr. Eli Lilly’s important legacy regarding Indiana archaeology. While many know of Lilly because of his family’s pharmaceutical company, he played a huge role in early archaeology in our state. 2017 marks 40 years since his death, and the 80th anniversary of the publication of his well-known book Prehistoric Antiquities of Indiana. He is shown on the poster looking for artifacts in a field in Posey County in 1936. The artifact, a prehistoric birdstone, is one that was in his collection (now housed at the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology at I.U.).

The Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology wishes to thank our colleagues at the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology at Indiana University, and the Trustees of Indiana University, for their kind permission to use the images of Mr. Lilly and the birdstone artifact as part of the poster design.

We would also like to thank Nicole D. Arb of PEN Industries who designed this year’s poster.

If you would like a poster, feel free to stop in at the DHPA office at 402 W. Washington Street, Room W274, Indianapolis, IN. DHPA archaeologists will also be taking the posters, which are free of charge, to the Archaeology Month events which they will be participating in. For example, posters will be available at the Archaeology Road Show (August 19th) at the upcoming Indiana State Fair.  Posters will also be included with each commemorative t-shirt order. Shirts will be available for purchase as we get closer to Indiana Archaeology Month.  

To read more about Mr. Lilly, go to

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