Past Events

September 18, 2015, 5pm--Exhibit Opening and Reception

Come enjoy light refreshments, time with Dr. Means, and our new exhibit Archaeologists @Work. This exhibit is funded by Themester 2015.

Summer 2015 event

An image of Ben J. Barnes in front of a collection of files.

August 5, 2015, 10:00 a.m.

Ben J. Barnes (Shawnee Tribe, Second Chief)

"kewakotam'ka'fope": Together we find treasures in archival sources of knowledge

Ben J. Barnes is the 2015 Summer Repository Research Fellow. The Summer Repository Research Fellowship is funded through the Institute for Advanced Study.

Conserving and sharing information trapped within the documents of the “Great Lakes and Ohio Valley Ethnohistory Collection” (GLOVEC) by creating a digital platform of sharing between the Shawnee Tribe, Indiana University researchers, and academics elsewhere is part of a long term endeavor of Shawnee tribal citizens. For the better part of the past decade, the Shawnee people are creating relationships with universities, archives, historic sites, and numerous state agencies. NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) and the Historic Preservation Act drove these interactions in the past, but these relationships have evolved into collaborative and supportive relationships. Continued conversations between engaged, professional scholars and the Shawnee Tribe, one of the 567 federally recognized Native Nations, has created unique opportunities to contextualize history and research projects for both academia and citizens of the Shawnee Tribe. Re-contextualization of knowledge requires Shawnee scholars to become active participants with institutions, such as the Glenn Black Laboratory (GBL) and the Archive of Traditional Music (ATM).

This talk will be held in the classroom at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. The MMWC is immediately next door to the GBL.

Discovering Archaeology-- September 27, 2014--1pm-4pm

Join us as campus and community archaeologists share their knowledge and passion with visitors. Hands-on activities as well as demonstrations will allow you to learn more about the field of archaeology, the work of the Glenn Black Laboratory, and the research being conducted by faculty and students at IU.

Brownie Science Day-- May 3, 2014--1pm-4pm

Archaeologists from the Anthropology Department and the Glenn A. Black Laboratory at Indiana University have organized a chance for Scouts to learn what it is like to be a trained, professional archaeologist.

While at the Glenn Black Lab, the girls will:

  • have hands-on instruction in laying out and preparing archaeological field maps
  • discover how science and math can help us learn about the past
  • handle artifacts from the GBL’s education collection and learn how to investigate them
  • interact with trained archaeologists in a fun, friendly manner
  • help provide feedback that will guide new exhibits at GBL

2014 Research at the Glenn Black Laboratory Lecture Series

February 28, 2014--Erica Ausel-- Death, Disease, and Violence at the Prehistoric site of Angel Mounds

  • The Mississippian period (AD 1000-1500) is known as a tumultuous era when wide-sweeping changes occurred across North America’s Midwest and Southeast. Archaeological research has shown abrupt modifications in religion, cultural practices, material culture, and ways-of-life. Collaboration between physical anthropologists and archaeologists have shed additional light on how the Mississippian period effected the every-day-lives of Mississippian people. At the Angel site, new chronological models have suggested a pulse of intense Mississippianization began circa AD 1050, but peaked between AD 1300 and 1450. This presentation, based on Ausel's doctoral research, will discuss traumatic events and biological health stressors which affected the people of Angel during this later period, as well as the results of recent collaborative biological research.

March 7, 2014--Katie Zejdlik--Biological Relatedness and Cultural Transition in the Midwest circa A.D. 1050

  • The Mississippian period is exceptional for the fast and wide ranging influence it had on the mid-continent. The processes behind the Mississippianization of the Midwest are unknown and often thought to be the result of interaction with individuals from the Mississippian center, Cahokia. These assumptions are based on material culture and site organization but it is unknown to what level direct contact occured. Biological distance methods are useful for examining the differences within and between sites by using genetic indicators of relatedness observed on human skeletal remain. For this project, dental measurements and observations were taken on individuals from the Late Woodland and Mississippian periods at sites in geographical proximity to each other. Differences in dental dimension and shape indicate biological differences in populations through time. This paper discusses current assumptions about the Mississippianization of the northern hinterlands and how well these assumptions are supported by dental indicators of biological relatedness

March 14, 2014--Dr. Christina Snyder--Bridging the Divide: Archaeology, History, and America's Ancient Past

  • Snyder's current research project, Ancient America, argues for the dissolution of the divide between prehistory and history in favor of a transdisciplinary approach that combines archaeology, history, and oral tradition to tell a sweeping, Native-centered history of North America from ancient times through the early colonial era. Rather than a linear history that tells of a progression from hunter-gather societies to chiefdoms, the resulting book, Ancient America, will stress the divergent paths and dynamic responses of Native peoples to climatic shifts, environmental stress, population increase, social upheaval, and cultural change. This talk focuses on methodology, periodization, and terminology, considering how archaeologists and historians can bridge the disciplinary gap and work in more collaborative ways.