Principal Investigators: Christine Thompson and Kevin C. Nolan

Project Summary

The project preservation objective is based on the recommendations of the 2010 ABPP grant report completed by Ball State University.  We are proposing additional systematic archaeological investigations of the northwest boundaries of the battlefield (Battle of the Wabash 1791) and outlying agricultural land by means of metal detector and pedestrian surveys.  All land being proposed for this grant is previously un-surveyed and is within the boundaries of proposed expanded battlefield area as outlined in the 2010 ABPP grant report.  This new survey area corresponds to the location where the Native Americans would have formed their crescent battle formation prior to confronting St. Clair’s army.  We will also perform geophysical surveys in the areas corresponding to the Native American’s least visible paths of approach.  These paths, as identified by KOCOA analysis and GIS data modeling, are based on the level of cover and concealment they provided to the Native Americans as they surrounded St. Clair’s army.  Investigations into these areas will help increase our knowledge of Native American battle strategy and be used to update existing GIS models of the battle.  These research findings will be part of an on-going educational process at the Fort Recovery State Museum and will be disseminated to the public via media and web site updates, presentations, open houses and other public events.