An Archaeological Assessment of Huntington Reservoir: Identification, Prediction, Impact

Summary

An archaeological survey of Huntington Reservoir was conducted under a Department of the Interior Historic Preservation Fund Survey and Planning Grant administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology with matching funds supplied by Ball State University. The goals of the project were: to identify the archaeological resources within the Huntington Reservoir area, to determine the impact of the reservoir on those resources, and to initiate the development of a model to predict the distribution of archaeological resources within the project area. The predictive model should be applicable to secondary river valleys located in the Upper Wabash drainage.

The 245 sites recorded during this survey bring the total number of sites known within the Huntington Reservoir area to 360. Late Paleo-Indian through Late Woodland components were identified, and the heaviest utilization of the area appears to have occurred during the Middle to Late Archaic and the Late Woodland periods.

The impact of Huntington Lake on the archaeological resources of the area include erosion caused by agriculture, and fluctuations in the pool level and artifact hunting. Recommendations were made for testing sites which may still contain deposits that have not been completely disturbed.

A model predicting the distribution of three site types in three environmental zones was formulated. Some testing of predictions generated during this project was carried out, but thorough testing of the model will require additional archaeological reconnaissance.

Cite this Record

An Archaeological Assessment of Huntington Reservoir: Identification, Prediction, Impact. William R. Wepler, Donald R. Cochran. 1983 ( tDAR id: 394418) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8B56MHV

Keywords

Culture
Archaic Early Archaic Early Woodland Late Archaic Late Woodland Middle Archaic Middle Woodland PaleoIndian Woodland

Material
Ceramic Chipped Stone Fire Cracked Rock Ground Stone

Site Name
12HU485 12HU486 12HU487 12HU488 12HU489 12HU490 12HU491 12HU492 12HU493 12HU494 12HU495 12HU496 12HU497 12HU498 12HU499 12HU500 12HU501 12HU502 12HU503 12HU504 12HU505 12HU506 12HU507 12HU508 12HU509 Show More

Site Type
Archaeological Feature Complex Site Compound Site Domestic Structure or Architectural Complex Mound / Earthwork Resource Extraction / Production / Transportation Structure or Features Task-Specific Site

Spatial Coverage

min long: -85.574; min lat: 40.599 ; max long: -84.989; max lat: 40.928 ;

Record Identifiers

NADB document id number(s): 16740

NADB citation id number(s): 000000089967

Notes

General Note: These digital materials were processed by the Veterans Curation Program (VCP). Included in this tDAR project are the investigation report, select artifact photographs, finding aid, scanned asset key, artifact report, artifact database and a document folder listing. Additional digital materials held by the VCP include additional artifact photographs and correspondence (the latter includes a key from Huntington Lake Shoreline Survey).

General Note: Funding for the Huntington Reservoir survey was provided by a U.S. Department of the Interior Historic Preservation Fund Survey and Planning Grant administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology and Ball State University.

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