Finding Aid, Field School at the Troyer Site (12WB116) 1975-1976

Author(s): Victor Plancarte

Year: 2012


This collection is referred to as "Field School at the Troyer Site (12WB116) 1975-1976.” This name is consistent throughout the finding aid, the file folders, and the box labels. The extent of this collection is five and one quarter (5.25) linear inches. The material was originally housed within a bag labeled “12WB21 (116) Field School, 89F” and two artifact project boxes.

There are various types of documents contained within this collection, including both paper and photographic materials. Specifically, the collection includes a survey grant, site surveys, correspondence, field notes and sketches, catalogue records, artifact cards and photos, accession records, and report drafts. The focus of the records is on the archaeological work conducted at the Troyer site, which is designated as 12WB116, but was given temporary site numbers of 12WB21 and 12WB21b. The records span from 1975 to 2003. This time range takes into account background, field, and analysis records associated with the 1975 field school and more current accession records from 2003.

Most materials in the collection are in good condition. However, some field records are stained and crumpled. Some mending was done due to small tears, and acidic tape was removed and replaced with mending tissue on a few documents. An artifact description card, correspondence, an artifact sketch, and a color slide were originally located in the artifact collection of Field School at the Troyer Site (12WB116) 1975-1976. These records were placed in the Analysis Records series folder 9/1 with the exception of the color slide, which was placed in folder 8/1 of the Analysis Records series.

A collection of artifact card forms were found in the artifact collection of Mississinewa Reservoir Survey 1980-1982. The accession number on the forms solidified the determination that they had once belonged to the Troyer Site collection, where they are currently located in the analysis records series folder 9/1.

A review of the records and their associated dates provides an approximate timeline of each step in the investigation and the logic behind the assignment of accession numbers. In the summers of 1975 and 1976 field schools conducted field work at the Troyer Site. There was overlap in 1976 of the field work and the analysis on the prehistoric and historic artifacts. This analysis was also carried out in the summer of 1977.

Accession numbers were assigned to the artifact collection and include 89F, 89L, 123F, 98.62, and 3.04. The records and the artifact information that they contain from the 1975 and 1976 field school work are labeled as 89F. This accession number is further defined: 89F, 89F1, 89F2, and 89F3. These accessions are completely or mostly historic; 89F4 includes bone, metal, ceramic, glass and lithic materials; 89F5 includes prehistoric lithic, metal, glass and ceramic materials; 89FF includes faunal remains; 89L includes analysis work performed in 1977 on historic ceramic materials. The accession number 123F was found on the photographic materials, which were labeled as “Mississinewa Survey” on the original photographic sleeves. It is likely that this information is from 1975, despite only one photographic log recorded with the date of 1975. It should also be noted that the original roll number for all photographic material was gathered from the labeled photograph number, but the original exposure number was collected only from the negative film. Finally, the accession numbers 98.62 and 3.04 are recently assigned numbers for previously un-cataloged artifacts and a report of reexamination of the Troyer Site, respectively.

Although there was no final report with this collection, information was gleaned from two reports within this investigation, one of which is contained in Archaeological Reports 14 and the other labeled as being within Archaeological Reports 16. The principal investigator is not clearly defined in the records, but examination of the reports and general knowledge of the management of the field schools at Ball State University in the 1970s point to B.K. Swartz, Jr. Russell E. Lewis is designated as field director for the 1976 field school, while B.K. Swartz Jr. is noted as providing general direction (Lewis 1976). With the information from the reports and the overall information gathered from the records, this investigation can be connected to the Field School at Sites 12G9 and 12G10 1975-1976 artifact and archival collections, due to its affiliation with the 1975 field school at Ball State University.

Cite this Record

Finding Aid, Field School at the Troyer Site (12WB116) 1975-1976. Victor Plancarte. 2012 ( tDAR id: 401155) ; doi:10.6067/XCV87P915W

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -86; min lat: 40.625 ; max long: -85.724; max lat: 40.742 ;


General Note: The digital materials in this collection were processed by the Veterans Curation Program (VCP), and include the artifact database, artifact report, select artifact photographs, finding aid, and scanned asset key. Additional digital materials held by the VCP include additional artifact photographs, box labels, document folder listing, excavation photos, field catalog records, field notes, initial data sheets, notes, other notes, photographic material spreadsheet, photo record sheets, records removal sheet, site inventory, site survey sheets, and a slide label. For additional information on these materials, refer to the Finding Aid.

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