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Geophysical Surveys
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Recent Excavations
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Research at the Hovey Lake site in 2003-2005 is supported by: a grant from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) under the Transportation Enhancement Program, Indiana University, and private contributions. The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) administers the TE grant. Also contributing to the research project are: Indiana Geological Survey, Indiana University - Bloomington Department of Anthropology, the Indiana State Museum, University of Southern Indiana, University of Evansville, Indiana State University, and community groups and volunteers.


IU-Bloomington Anthropology Dept.
Last Updated 9.6.2004




Sometime after A.D.1650, the Hovey Lake village was abandoned. Introduced European diseases may have weakened and decreased the population. Warfare is another possibility. We don’t yet know whether the villagers were concerned enough with defense to build a fortification wall around their village, but we do find evidence of intensive fires in some areas. During the late 1600s, warfare was widespread among native groups, and some native peoples in Indiana fled from the Iroquois.

By the late 1700s, the once flourishing village at the Hovey Lake site, as well as the neighboring Caborn-Welborn communities, were not recognized by the early European Americans who traveled through the region or the first Pioneers who settled in the Ohio Valley. Instead the newcomers met only hunting parties of tribes whose original homelands were to the east or north.

Did the village inhabitants gradually drift away and resettle in distant areas as the population declined? Or did the villagers quickly abandon their homes? These unanswered questions, and others, require further research.

Testing at the Hovey Lake site will continue on a small scale to allow preservation of the majority of the site. Guided by research questions concerning the way this community developed and declined over time, we hope to test and radiocarbon date various parts of the village. Also, we will compare the Hovey Lake data with other communities of the Caborn-Welborn culture. This will allow us to have a better understanding of the daily life, social and political organization of this Mississippian culture.