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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.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

DAY MASTODONT DIG
Day 10, August 30, 2006


It’s been a greatly successful day! At about 1pm, the large back-hoe showed up to start digging. Back-hoes are excellent little resources for paleontologists and archaeologists and in this situation, we needed it badly to help us dig large trenches to control and guide water away from our main excavation area. But we were still fighting with our water pumps. We spent loads of time messing around with our pumps because they kept getting clogged. At the water got sucked up and the levels got lower and lower, the water got muckier and muckier and clogged up our intake hoses.

The other exciting event that happened today was that the tire from our van split in two—it was the damnedest thing?! Gerhard and I made the journey into town to get a new tire. By the time we came back to the site, the large back-hoe had arrived and was busy digging out our trenches. Then the good times really started… BONE!! As the hours ticked by, staff members stood at all possible vantage points around the back-hoe to watch the digging, for with each scoop lay the chance of uncovering bone, which must be seen quickly lest the back-hoe crush it during its next course. At about 5:30, a rib was uncovered .. then a great big part of a leg bone, … then more bone ... then more… By the time we stopped for the day, we had uncovered a nice little cluster of bone lying in very close proximity to each other. This made us very excited because bone lying close together could be a good indication that most of the skeleton is present and intact. Needless to say, we are very excited about the prospect of tomorrow...

Michele Greenan
Archaeology and Natural History Collections Manager
Indiana State Museum