Exploring Angel Mounds IQ Table

Exploring Angel Mounds is an interactive exhibit highlighting the Angel Mounds State Historic Site located in Evansville, IN and was a collaborative effort between the GBL and IU’s Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL). The exhibit consists of a high-resolution, multi-touch, tabletop display showing a map of the Angel Mounds site. By selecting different icons scattered across the site, visitors can view photographs, videos, and information on themes such as agriculture, protection and daily life as experienced by the Mississippian inhabitants of Angel Mounds.

The exhibit is installed in the Glenn Black Lab (GBL) on the IU Bloomington campus and is free/open to the public.

Past Exhibits

The Trowel & Brush Society

The Trowel and Brush Society began in 1948 when Glenn Black thought to start an organization made up of those students who had worked at Angel Mounds under his tutelage. This exhibit showcased many images from past field schools at Angel Mounds and rememberd the students who were part of GBL's institution's story. These images were displayed in the GBL lobby from August 2019-June 2020.

Images from the WPA-era: Angel Mounds in 1939

In coordination with the Indiana Historical Society's exhibit You Are There 1939: Exploring Angel Mounds, this exhibit highlighted images from the original excavations at Angel Mounds. The excavation was performed in 1939 under the direction of Glenn Black thanks to the financial support of the Works Progress Administration and the Indiana Historical Society. The images were displayed in the GBL lobby from February 2019-June 2020.

Perspectives of IU: Photographic Impressions of Indiana University's Historic Campus

As part of IU's Bicentennial celebration, this student produced photography exhibit highlights each artist's unique perspective on our historic campus. This exhibit was on display December 2018-June 2020 in the GBL Lobby.


For the  2018 Indiana University Themester “Animal/Human,” the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology's (GBL) exhibit explored interpretation of the complex and varying relationships between animals and humans in the ancient Midwest. Through both the exhibit and panel session we stimulated discussion and ideas about how approaches in history, archaeology, and cognition inform on animal representation, symbolism, and ethnogenesis. This exhibit was on display October 2018 - November 2019 in the Headdy Galery.

Art of the Archaeologist

Archaeology represents an interesting confluence of the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities. In talking about the past, archaeologists use illustrations as a way of representing the past and showcasing material culture. It is a perspective, an expession, a way of storytelling. It is a way to connect with an artifact and explore ideas about the past. This exhibit was on display August 2018 - August 2019 in the lobby.

Mapping Indiana Territory: Exploring Indigenous and Western Representations

As part of the Indiana University 2017 Themester, “Diversity • Difference • Otherness,” the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology collaborated with Native historians, scholars, and descendants of Native American peoples that once lived in Indiana to juxtapose examples of EuroAmerican made maps and images of Indigenous representations of the Indiana and Ohio Valley landscapes. The exhibit problematized favoring western world views and ways of knowing. This exhibit was on display Fall 2017-Fall 2018.

Glenn Black Memorabilia

 Recently donated memorabilia from Glenn Black's niece: includes his honoary degree from Wabash College, pictures, service cards, and trowel. This exhibit was on display Spring 2016-Summer 2018.

Containing Knowledge: Ceramics at the Glenn Black Lab

Exploring pottery as containers in both literal and metaphorical ways, this exhibit features a selection of whole pots as well as objects used to make and decorate ceramics. Technology, decoration, use, and cosmology are all touched on through the use of beautiful images and pieces.

A special section of the exhibit looks at the work of local archaeology students and their efforts to temper clay and build and fire pots in the ways that Mississippian people might have. This exhibit closed in Summer 2018.

The Beauty of Shawnee Pottery

Second Chief Ben Barnes of the Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma has been leading an effort to rediscover and reclaim the beauty of traditional Shawnee Pottery. This collaboration with archaeologists and scholars has sought to learn more about ancient ceramic technologies that were disrupted by European colonization. From this knowledge, Barnes and other tribal members are working to recreate their ancestral arts.The pottery that has resulted from these efforts was on display in the Glenn Black Laboratory. This exhibit closed Summer of 2017.

Archaeologists @Work

As part of the Indiana University Themester “@Work: The Nature of Labor on a Changing Planet,” and in celebration of its 50th anniversary as an IU research center (1965-2015),The Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology is proud to open their new exhibit honoring the work conducted by Works Progress Administration crews at Angel Mounds State Historic Site in Evansville, Indiana. From 1939 to 1942, nearly 300 individuals were employed as archaeological surveyors, excavators, and laboratory technicians. This exhibit honors their contributions to Indiana archaeology, and reflects on advances made in the discipline over the last 75 years.

This exhibit was funded by Themester 2015, "@Work: The Nature of Labor on a Changing Planet,"an initiative of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Practicing our Craft: Archaeologists as Artists

The artist archaeologists in this unique exhibit were asked to think about their archaeological photographs as works of art in their own right. Please peruse the collection of photos and accompanying descriptions to find out a little more about archaeology as a discipline and archaeologists as creators. The collection of photographs is both aesthetically pleasing and deeply personal."

Picturing Archaeology

Described in their words and illustrated by their images, the research and fieldwork of 13 Indiana University archaeologists was presented in this exhibit in the Mentoria Headdy Exhibit Hall. The exhibit closed in January of 2014.

Ancient Stone Carving in the American Midwest

Ancient people of the Midwest have a 12,000 year history of shaping stone. See examples of some of the earliest stone artifacts from the region along with an array of utilitarian and ceremonial pieces from the collections of the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology. Limestone figures prominently among the many stone types crafted in the past. The exhibit closed in September of 2014.