Welcome to the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology

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

Lilly Map

Kelsey Grimm, Librarian

This spring, the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology acquired an incredibly interesting map previously owned by Eli Lilly. The map had been languishing in his former home, the Eli and Ruth Allison Lilly House, now the IU President’s Indianapolis residence, since the 1930s.

We hope to mount the map in our lobby sometime soon, though we need to acquire some sort of covering to protect the pins. I’d also like to do some basic cleaning of the map before display.

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An image of the Angel Mounds site at dawn