Archaeological Collections

Archaeological Collections

The IU Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has over 12,000 accessions of archaeological collections, totaling millions of individual items. These are made up of both excavated and donated collections, which piece together the material remains of cultures from the earliest occupations of North America through to modern times.

Some of our most significant archaeological collections explore the history of Indiana and have helpled shape the archaeological record. These include:

  • Angel Mounds collections - artifacts and associated records that have long guided archaeological research on Mississippian culture
  • Fort Ouiatenon collections - highlights the significance of this historical site through remains as diverse as the people who once created and consumed them
  • Mann Site collections - diverse materials primarily belonging to the Middle woodland period with evidence of further occupation spanning from the Archaic to Historic periods
  • Lilly collection - donated by Eli Lilly, an archaeological figurehead of Indiana, consists of nearly 7,500 incredible artifacts ranging in nature from stone tools to gorgets to whole pottery vessels

We maintain an extensive teaching collection and several type collections for use by researchers.


Image Collections

The Archaeological Historic Image Collection is comprised of over 12,000 photographic prints, 9,000 negatives, 8,200 slides, 50 glass plate images, and 100 16mm film reels. The collection documents the history of archaeological work in Indiana and the Midwest since at least the 1920s.

Many of our historic images will be available to view through Indiana University’s Image Collections Online.

Image of two individuals on a tarp on the ground, one is sitting down and one is laying down,
Group of archaeologists excavating a site that's arranged in squared off areas.
Image of a group of archaeologists measuring a squared space at an excavation.