Sharpen Your Shovel

The crew from University of Indianapolis is here preparing for this weekend’s History Beneath Us public archaeology program! One group of UIndy students are removing the backfill from the initial excavation of the reflecting pool so that they can begin digging where they left off in September. Dr. Christopher Moore, who is leading the student crew, hopes to uncover more of the brick wall, the builders’ trench from when the masons laid that wall, and the bottom of the pool.

Another group of students are marking off the 2×2 meter unit over the “horse anomaly” – the geologic disturbance that may be the grave of Lew Wallace’s horse, Old John. They will break ground in this area later today to have everything ready for public participation Saturday and Sunday.



Join us from 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday to help trowel and screen for artifacts. Families can dig in the Archaeologist Training area, where kids are sure to find “artifacts,” and Sunday afternoon we will also celebrate Lew’s Birthday with activities, refreshments, and free tours of the Study.

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