September 2, 2014
The History Beneath Us archaeology program returns to the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to continue the excavation of the reflecting pool in General Wallace’s backyard.
Dr. Chris Moore from the University of Indianapolis will return with archaeology students to continue excavating two different areas of the property. One unit, near the Carriage House, is nearing completion. Some evidence of building materials and a burned area were previously found there. Multiple units are open near the reflecting pool, so there will be plenty of opportunities to help dig and, hopefully, find the wall of the reflecting pool.
Visitors to the grounds will be able to observe the archaeologists at work, examine the findings as they are uncovered and participate in parts of the process by scraping dirt with trowels and screening for artifacts alongside the excavation crew. For families with smaller children, the Archaeologist Training area offers them the chance to dig in a separate area where they will be sure to find “artifacts.”
The “History Beneath Us” program is free and open to the public.