Saturday, June 11, 2011

IPFW Archaeologists Desecrate Iroquois Burial Mounds in Noble County, Indiana

  IPFW  Archaeologists Desecrate Iroquois Burial Mounds in Noble County, Indiana  

    IPFW archaeologists have desecrated several of the Iroquois burial mounds in Noble County, Indiana that was constructed by the early Iroquois.  IPFW archaeologists are on a search and destroy mission, when it comes to burial mounds in northern Indiana, with no academic papers being the result of these digs. Many of the Iroquois burial mounds in northern Indiana contained cremated remains with little or no grave goods.
   Despite overwhelming evidence that the Iroquois inhabited the Great Lakes region, including northern Indiana, from as early as 2000 B.C. Until the 1600s, IPFW archaeologist continues to deny the Iroquois people recognition that would give their burials protection under the 1993 Native American Graves protection Act, that makes illegal to dig into a burial of a "known" tribe.
   Numerous Iroquois burial mounds and earthworks still exist in northern Indiana that were constructed as early as 2000 B.C. and as late as about 1200 A.D.  None of these burial mounds or earthworks are on the National Historic Register.  Indiana burial mounds and earthworks have become little more than a venue for grants for the purpose excavations.  No village sites have been searched for by IPFW, the burial mounds or earthworks being easier to locate.

   According to historical records, this Iroquois burial mound was the largest in Noble County, Indiana.  The center of the mound has a "volcano" appearance due to a university dig.  Two additional crematory mounds are near this one but escaped detection by IPFW archaeologists who typically desecrate burial mounds in the summer.  The other mounds are only slightly raised and would have been almost impossible to find in the summer months.  
Iroquois Photo Gallery

One of the three burial mounds located off of the Angling Road in Noble County, Indiana. The large mound can be seen in the background.  Groups of three mounds were a common occurrence throughout northeast Indiana with this site and another in Grant County, Indiana being the only two triple mound sites that are still intact.  

   Another Iroquois burial mound that was desecrated by IPFW archaeologist is located in the Chain of Lakes State Park.  IPFW archaeologists dug into the mound and removed artifacts and possible skeletal remains.  According to reports, the lead archaeologists have since relocated, taking the artifacts with him under the guise that he is still "studying" them.  The location of this mound on a hogback is similar to another burial mound at Mound State Park, in Anderson that is still visible, but where there is no sign designating it as a burial mound.

It's the general rule that if university archaeologist are desecrating burial mounds that the mound be hidden from public scruntity (until now).

Despite the thousands of people who walk within feet of this Iroquois burial that is located off of a trail at Chain of Lakes Park, no sign designates it as an Iroquois burial mound.  The DNR works hand in hand with university archaeologist in keeping Indiana's antiquities hidden from the public.  A large hole is visible on top that is the result of IPFW archaeologist desecrating this Iroquois burial mound.

85 burial mounds and earthworks have been photographed and directions provided in Indiana in "The Nephilim Chronicles: a Travel Guide to the Ancient Ruins in the Ohio Valley."  222 burial mounds are included in this publication in Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and Michigan.