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Located in White River State Park in the heart of Indianapolis, the Indiana State Museum is a wonderful place to find everything you never expected. Whether you are a visitor to the state or a life-long Hoosier, this world-class institution will allow you to explore Indiana’s past, present and future through artistic, cultural and scientific exhibits. Starting with the birth of earth and tracing Hoosier history into the 21st century, the museum offers an eclectic and ever-changing adventure. Constructed of all Indiana materials including limestone, sandstone, steel, brick and glass, the museum’s exhibit space covers 72,000 square feet, and the organization maintains a collection of more than 400,000 artifacts. From the soaring Great Hall showcasing Robert Indiana’s INDIANA obelisk to 92 pieces of sculpture representing the 92 Indiana counties, even the building itself is a work of art. The museum is the crossroads of everything interesting, educational and unique about the state. The museum's collection began in 1862. The new building opened in 2002.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

MEGENITY CAVE DIG

Day 7, July 23, 2006

Yikes, what a day! The dig crew spent the day in the “Twilight Room” of the cave. We took out 2 levels of material that had washed in from the mouth of the cave. This stuff had tons and tons of large cobbles and limestone break-down that had to be pick-axed and hammered. By the end of the day, we had excavated some 55 buckets (5 gallon) of material and had carted out some 15 buckets of rocks.

The biggest rule of cave digging was broken today and there was hell to pay. One of the dig crew stated that they had to use the bathroom. We are never allowed to mention such a thing… always slinking out of the cave with excuses like “I’ve got to call my broker.” Leaving the cave for any reason is a pain in the Heinie. Between climbing out of the cave and getting all of your gear “adjusted” any back and forths are avoided at nearly all cost. The unlucky soul who did not remember our rule was forced to sing old Led Zepplin songs to the rest of the crew.

The screening crew had a good day. They came across some good Peccary (an extinct form of wild pig) bones. They also scored a couple of rattlesnake vertebra, woodchuck skull fragments, and some so-far unidentified bits and pieces. All in all, the weather was spectacular and it was a beautiful day to be under ground!

Michele Greenan
Archaeology and Natural History Collections Manager
Indiana State Museum