Archaeology and Development: the Mounds State Park Reservoir


Mounds State Park  Anderson, IN has nine to twelve unique earthworks, (ceremonial mounds)  built by the prehistoric Adena culture and also used centuries later by the Hopewell culture. Some of the mounds are believed to be more than 2,000 years old. A truly impressive site of (literally) monumental North American prehistory. Recently, the Anderson/Madison County Corporation for Economic Development has proposed the construction of a $450 million reservoir that will dam the White River. The dam may pose a serious erosion threat, but it may also create a new habitat for a local endangered species. Today we have a interview panel with Senior Principal Investigator Beth McCord and Indiana Archaeology Council Representative Dr. Christopher Moore. They will discuss the shared and conflicting interests that are at play with the proposed Mounds Reservoir Project.


With us today:

Ms. Beth McCord-2

Ms. Beth McCord is an archaeologist with over 20 years of Midwestern archaeological experience.  She is currently the Indiana Branch Manager for Gray & Pape, Inc., national consulting firm specializing in cultural resources management.   She received an MA in Anthropology from Ball State University.  During her career, Ms. McCord has received many federal and state grants, authored published articles and technical reports and presented her research to a variety of audiences.  One of her research interests are Middle Woodland earthworks and she has conducted research of the Anderson Mounds for over a decade.  She is a member and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Archaeology Council and serves on the Indiana Historic Preservation Review Board.


Dr. Christopher Moore-1

Dr. Moore received his PhD in anthropology from the University of Kentucky in 2011, where he studied the organization of production of the stone and bone tool technologies of the Kentucky Green River Archaic. During this time he began investigations into the location of the Spanish mission on Sapelo Island, Georgia, with Dr. Richard Jefferies. Dr. Moore has published in several peer-reviewed journals, including World Archaeology, Journal of Social Archaeology, Southeastern Archaeology, North American Archaeologist, and the Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology. He is qualified as a Principal Investigator in the State of Indiana and works closely with archaeologists from the Indiana State Museum. He is also on the board of the Indiana Archaeology Council, Indiana’s statewide organization of professional archaeologists.


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