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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



Making a Living






For food, the villagers farmed - growing corn, beans, and squash. They also harvested many kinds of wild plants, berries, and nuts.







Hunting and trapping provided meat for protein. To learn which animals were most important in their diet, specialists in archaeo-zoology are currently analyzing animal bones we found while excavating refuse deposits.







Fishing was also important. The Hovey Lake village was probably established next to the lake for this reason, as well as for a supply of water and means of transportation.






Corn and other grains were ground in wooden mortars. Food was cooked over open fires in pots or on spits, roasted over coals, or baked in earth ovens dug into the ground.








Pits dug into the ground served to store corn and other foods for later use. Special storage buildings and spaces in houses were used for storage as well.