Archaeologists worry proposed central Indiana reservoir would threaten park's ancient mounds


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ANDERSON, Indiana — Archaeologists are worried that a proposed reservoir on the White River in central Indiana could threaten ancient sites in Mounds State Park.

Retired Ball State University archaeologist Don Cochran says three of the park's earthworks are within 100 feet of the projected shoreline for Mounds Lake and that erosion could be expected.

The Herald Bulletin reports ( the Indiana Archaeology Council is opposing the project, saying it would have a destructive impact on the park's mounds. Those were built more than 2,000 years ago by the Adena-Hopewell people.

Reservoir advocates say the $450 million project would improve flood control, create prime real estate for waterfront housing and boost economic development in the Anderson area.

Information from: The Herald Bulletin,

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