Research at the Hovey Lake site began in 1975 with surveys to identify the site area and collect artifact samples from the surface. The goal was to learn whether this Mississippian site was an Angel phase community or one of the sites of the then little-known Caborn-Welborn Complex (as the phase was first called). Surveys and excavations have taken place intermittently with financial support from various institutions, agencies, and individuals.
1978-79: survey and test excavations; Glenn Black Laboratory of Archaeology and Department of Anthropology, Indiana University, and Indiana Historical Society.
1992-1995: analysis of collections from Caborn-Welborn phase sites; National Endowment for the Humanities, grant project co-directed by David Pollack and Cheryl Ann Munson.
1996-97, 1999-2000: National Park Service, Historic Preservation Fund, administered by Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
1996-97: combined program of research and public education, Indiana Humanities Council.
Donors beginning 1996: anonymous; Countrymark Coperatiave, Inc.; Fifth Third Bank; G.E. Plastics-Mount Vernon; Grand Rental Station; Gray Family Trust; McKim’s IGA, Mount Vernon; Old National Bank; Robert Lee Blaffer Trust; Sigeco/Vectren.
2003-2007: Federal Highway Administration, Transportation Enhancement Program, administered by Indiana Department of Transportation.
Institutional and agency support of research, beginning 1996, including research personnel and equipment: Indiana University-Bloomington; University of Southern Indiana, Social Sciences Department; University of Evansville, Archaeology Department; Indiana State Museum; Indiana Geological Survey, Indiana State University; Depatrment of Natural Resources, Hovey Lake Fish & Wildlife Area; Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology.