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.
Nowlin Mound Film, 1934 -1935
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
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