Living on the Edge: The German Ridge Heritage Project in Hoosier National Forest 


This presentation will highlight the preliminary findings of the 2012 archaeological excavations conducted as part of the German Ridge Heritage Project, a joint venture between Hoosier National Forest and Indiana University to document the lives and culture of early settlers in the German Ridge community of Perry County, Indiana.   German Ridge was first occupied by American settlers in the 1830s and then by German immigrants in the 1850s.  These people lived on the edge as they attempted to make a living through difficult ridge-top farming within karst topography. Archaeological findings will be combined with archival documents, oral histories, cemetery records, and genealogical research to create a heritage trail with historic markers across Hoosier National Forest, a companion website, exhibits in the local community, and educational programming with the local school system and museums.

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Living on the Edge: The German Ridge Heritage Project in Hoosier National Forest . Timothy Baumann, Sara Clark, Angie Krieger, G. William Monaghan, Nathan Johnson, Matthew Pike. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428606)

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Temporal Keywords
19th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 356