Indian Castle


Indian Castle is located in the town of Danube. Danube is in the New York county of Herkimer. This site occupies a large area on the south bank of the Mohawk River and is now contained within a National Landmark district. The village was first established in 1693 and the Mohawk community kept a small village here from 1755 to 1776. The village, which is known as Dekanohage was associated with the main upper Mohawk Castle that was located on Prospect Hill in the modern village of Fort Plain from 1693 to 1755. The castle and its surrounding residences were known as Canajoharie in this period. Two excavations have taken place on this site. The first excavation took place in the 1970s by Wayne Lenig. He excavated around the church. The second excavation was the area around the Brant house and took place in 1984-1985 by the University at Albany. David Guldenzopf directed the excavation under the general supervison of Dean Snow.

Cite this Record

Indian Castle. ( tDAR id: 366319) ; doi:10.6067/XCV851418K

This Resource is Part of the Following Collections

Temporal Coverage

Calendar Date: 1693 to 1776

Spatial Coverage

min long: -74.799; min lat: 42.988 ; max long: -74.766; max lat: 43.018 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Principal Investigator(s): Dean Snow

Record Identifiers

New York State Museum(s): 1286

Resources Inside this Project (Viewing 1-23 of 23)


  1. Brant House Excavation Field Map (1984)
  2. Brant House Feature Forms (1985)
  3. The Colonial Transformation of Mohawk Iroquois Society (1986)
  4. Curation Request Form (1984)
  5. Email Correspondence (2001)
  6. Indian Castle Archive (1984)
  7. Indian Castle Catalog Guide (2006)
  8. Indian Castle Field Catalog (1984)
  9. Indian Castle Floor Plans (1984)
  10. Indian Castle Newspaper Clippings (1985)
  11. Indian Castle Wall Profiles (1984)
  12. Lenig 1977 (1977)
  13. Lord (1994) Draft- "Taverns, Forts & Castles: A Tale of Two Markers" (1994)
  14. Socci 1995 Dissertation (1995)
  15. Welden correspondence (1992)


  1. Indian Castle All Site Images (1984)
  2. Indian Castle Artifact Images (1984)
  3. New York State Museum Site Images (1984)


  1. Edited Socci Catalog (1984)
  2. Faunal Catalog (1984)
  3. Indian Castle Catalog (1984)
  4. Indian Castle Staff (1985)
  5. Socci catalog (1984)