By: Jamie M. Leeuwrik, Christine Thompson, Shelbi Long, Kevin C. Nolan, and Erin Steinwachs
Principal Investigators: Christine Thompson and Kevin C. Nolan
Reports of Investigation 88, Applied Anthropology Laboratories, Ball State University
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The Applied Anthropology Laboratories (AAL) at Ball State University conducted a data enhancement project for archaeological resources in Newton County, Indiana for a FY2014 Historic Preservation Fund Grant (Grant #18-14-FFY-03). This Historic Preservation Fund grant project investigated the archaeological resources of Newton County, Indiana with a focus on the Iroquois and Kankakee Rivers and the southern half of the county. Approximately 902.84 acres (365.33 hectares) of agricultural land were surveyed and 89 new archaeological sites were recorded. The survey recovered 55 prehistoric artifacts and 1274 historic artifacts from eight parcels of land within Newton County. No human remains were discovered as a result of this grant project. Cultural periods that are represented in the artifact assemblage include Late Archaic components that were documented from the precontact era, in addition to Historic components. The average site density recorded for the project area for precontact sites was one site per 36.11 acres and for Historic sites was one site per 12.20 acres.