Thursday, October 13, 2011

New Castle Indiana Officials Move To Halt University Archaeologist Destruction of Prehistoric Earthworks

   One of Indiana's prehistoric treasures continues to be destroyed by Ball State and Indiana University archaeologist.  City officials in New Castle Indiana have shown interest in preserving the New Castle earthwork site and making it a travel destination. This can not be done until the destruction of the site is halted by university archaeologists. 

 Henge and burial mound complex near New Castle, Indiana. The burial mound in the upper right (#4) has been nearly obliterated by Ball State University.

   City officials in New Castle, Indiana move to stop the further desecration of the Sioux burial mounds and earthworks by Ball State Archaeologists.  Ball State University archaeologist have plundered this Native American burial mound and earthwork site for almost 40 years.  City officials in New Castle are interested in preserving the site, that is one of Indiana's most impressive earthwork complexes, that was constructed to align to both solar and celestial events.
   Despite its historical importance as one of the few remaining henge sites in the Ohio Valley, Ball State archaeologist have had an open door, granted by the DNR to come to the site in search of grave goods within the burial mounds. After 40 years of plunder, the archaeologist have not observed the solar alignments of the earthworks, and refuse to recognize the Native American heritage with the Sioux who once occupied the Ohio Valley.
   In order to sidestep the Native American Graves Protection Act, Ball State University archaeologist continue to deny the overwhelming evidence of the Sioux origins of many of the works in southern Indiana. After 100 years of desecrating Native American burials in Indiana, the archaeologist claim they don't know who the Hopewell mound builders were, where they came from, nor where they went. Instead, Indiana antiquities have become summer field school for archaeological students.
Ball State University archaeologist desecrating the ancient Sioux burial mound (#4) north of New Castle, Indiana. The dark area in the lower portion of the mound is due to cremations. Ball State archaeologist is shoveling the cremated remains of the Sioux into a wheelbarrow where they will be sifted in search of grave goods. No attempt was made by the Ball State archaeologist to restore the Sioux burial mound that is aligned with another burial mound to the west to mark the equinox sunset. (Ball State archaeologists are desecrating this mound also) 

Ball State University archaeologist have levelled most of the burial mound.  This photo is from ground level of the now destroyed burial mound, with the ditch that surrounds the mound visible in the foreground and the mound to the west visible in the background that aligns with the Equinox sunset. Two small henges can still be seen between the two mounds.

Early Photo of the burial mound (#4)  with the encircling earthwork.  It was one of the most impressive Sioux burial mounds in the State before being desecrated by Ball State University archaeologist.  It is hoped that in the near future this burial mound can be reconstructed and Ball State archaeologist forever banned from doing anymore destruction to this national treasure.