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Hats of Archaeology


Produced in conjunction with the Mathers Museum of World Cultures 2018 exhibit "Heads and Tales," our exhibit "Hats of Archaeology" takes a look at the various head fashions used in Indiana archaeology throughout the last century.

From our earliest photographs taken in the 1930s and 1940s to the photographs we take today, fashions have changed but function has remained. Hats are used to protect an archaeologist's head during the humid summers when field schools and other digs take place. The sun beats down... hats are used as protection.

Later in the century archaeologists started using heavy machinery to help excavate. Hard hats became popular safety equipment.

Hats are also used as fashion statements. They may not have been chosen explicitly to make a statement or thought of like the fashions seen on runways, but by viewing these photographs we can get a sense of how people thought about clothing throughout the last century.

Click on "Photographs" to the left to view the exhibit!


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Mapping Indiana Territories

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As part of the Indiana University 2017 Themester, “Diversity • Difference • Otherness,” the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology is proud to open two new exhibits featuring historic 19th century maps of Indiana and the greater Ohio River Valley. The GBL’s James H. Kellar Library contains the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley Ethnohistory (GLOVE) Collection, an assemblage of documents collected for the Indian Claims Commission, including 19th century maps depicting Native American and EuroAmerican settlement in the midcontinent.  An interactive online exhibit titled “Historic Maps of the Indians of Indiana” will showcase the newly digitized maps and illustrate changes in the boundaries, labels, and the ways in which the Native American occupations of the regions were depicted throughout the 19th century. A second museum exhibit in the lobby of the GBL entitled, “Mapping Indiana Territory: Exploring Indigenous and Western Representations” is a collaboration with Native historians, scholars, and descendants of Native American peoples that once lived in Indiana. The exhibit will juxtapose images of examples of EuroAmerican made maps and images of Indigenous representations of the Indiana and Ohio Valley landscapes and problematize favoring western world views and ways of knowing.

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Women in Archaeology


Prior to it’s opening in the spring of 1971, the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology’s collections had to be gathered. These collections, the library, archives, and archaeological artifacts, existed prior to the physical building in which they now reside. But where and how were they accumulated? History easily remembers some of the men associated with the formation of the Lab for they are its namesakes. History, though, seems to have glossed over that women were just as important in the foundation of Archaeology in Indiana.

Women in Archaeology highlights the work of women at the Glenn A. Black Laboratory through a series of photographs.

  • Select "Photographs" in order to see thumbnails of all the Women in Archaeology photographs.
  • Select "Biographies" in order to see short biographies and photo explanations of some of the women.