The Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology is a university-centered research laboratory, museum, library, and meeting place for the discovery, preservation, exhibition, and celebration of Indiana’s rich cultural and archaeological heritage.

We participate fully in the teaching and research mission of Indiana University, Bloomington through our work with archaeological collections, fieldwork at sites, and studies of historic documents. The Glenn Black Laboratory is a repository for archaeological artifacts, data, and documentation for sites in the Midwest including those associated with Indiana’s largest archaeological site, Angel Mounds State Historic Site. We secure the future of archaeological and heritage research and education for the public by connecting the people of the present with the people of the past.* Learn more about our collections.

*Mission statement updated November 2014.

Artifact Spotlight

Nowlin Mound Film, 1934 -1935

The Glenn Black Laboratory also houses a small collection of 16mm films. Several reels capturing Glenn Black's 1934-1935 excavation of Nowlin Mound, an Adena culture site in Dearborn County, have recently been digitized and made available online for the first time. These are thought to be among the earliest films of professional archaeologists conducting field work in North America.

This short clip depicts Glenn Black, wife Ida Black, William Rude, Bernard Bucher, and Joseph Schulyer setting up camp and conducting surveys at the site.

Jennifer St.Germain, GBL Collections Manager

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Quick Facts

Public Hours

Monday through Friday 9-4:30
Weekends 1-4:30
Closed on major holidays and Indiana University breaks.


Admission is free


Contact Us

Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology

423 N. Fess Ave., Bloomington, IN 47408
Phone: 812-855-9544 (alternative 812-855-1240)
Fax: 812-855-1864
gbl [at]indiana [dot] edu