An artifact was discovered in Carmel, Indiana from the Archaic Period.
The Hamilton County roundabout construction site at Gray Road and 136th Street was temporarily shut down when a city employee discovered a banner stone. Officials believe the stone dates back to one of the three Native American tribes that settled in the area 4,000 years ago.
The Miami, Illini, and Shawnee Indian tribes were in the region at that time. The banner stone was used for making fires, drilling, and spear throwing. These objects are commonly found in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.
The artifact was found on June 29, 2017 halting construction. The banner stone was identified on July 3, and it was announced the excavation could resume.
City engineer Josh Kirsh notified the Department of Natural Resources about the stone. Indiana law prohibits construction within 100 feet of the discovery of an artifact until further investigation. A site must be examined for any other possible finds.
Archaeologists believe this is an isolated find, however, the city of Carmel is proceeding with caution. It was only a few years ago a crew discovered over 2,000 artifacts when constructing the Strawtown Koteewi Park. Among the find were spiritual items and human remains.
By Jeanette Smith
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