Angel Mounds Foodways Project

Funded through an IU OVPR Center and Institute Pooled Fund for Excellence this project pilot’s new research with legacy collections. The GBL’s commitment to conducting and disseminating modern high-quality research requires major investment in research technology. Start-up funding from IU OVPR has provided enhanced microscopy and image processing equipment to support materials research well-suited to analyze a variety of types of archaeological materials. The Angel Mounds Foodways Project showcases the GBL Angel Mounds Legacy Collection and its new materials analysis capability. A collaborative research team are analyzing faunal, lithic, and ceramics from a large and unusual pit feature excavated by WPA crews. Findings from this ongoing research will not only provide new information about Mississippian foodways, but it attests to the importance of the Angel Mounds Legacy Collection for research and highlights the need for future collections rehabilitation efforts.   

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Curator Melody Pope using the Olympus BX51 to examine stone tools
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Examples of decorated ceramics from Angel Mounds