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Dr. Robert G. McCulloughDr. Robert G. McCullough, RPA

Special Projects Associate Director

Ph.D. Department of Anthropology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
M.A. Department of Anthropology, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
B.A. Department of Anthropology, Indiana University, Bloomington

E-mail: mccullor@illinois.edu

Phone: (217) 244-8795

Complete Vitae (pdf)


General Interest/Area of Focus

Dr McCullough’s research interests include the archaeology of the eastern woodlands, especially the population movements and interactions of Late Prehistoric and Mississippian groups in the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley states, as well as late-contact/fur trade era sites in Indiana, prehistoric ceramic analysis, and cultural resource management. He directed 10 field seasons of excavations in Hamilton County, Indiana, where three different Late Prehistoric populations living at the extremes of their traditional homelands each built a palisaded village within view of the others.

Dr. McCullough also has been active in the application of geophysical survey techniques to archaeological sites. Awarded a National Science Foundation grants for instrumentation and then research experience for undergraduates, he taught geophysical survey methods for three summers and has continued archaeological geophysical methods in such varied projects as identification of subsurface features at the Mount Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School for the Saginaw Band of Chippewa, survey at the Levi Coffin underground railroad site in Indiana, and the identification of a Native American encampment outside 18th-century Fort Ouiatenon on the Wabash River.

Memberships

Register of Professional Archaeologists
Society for American Archaeology
Midwestern Archaeological Conference
Southeastern Archaeological Conference
Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists
Illinois Archaeological Survey
Indiana Archaeology Council (President, 2005-2008; board member 2008-present)

Current Research

Currently editing and writing selected chapters for reports of investigations of sites with Archaic and Initial through Terminal Late Woodland components that were originally excavated as a part of the FAP-310 project in the northern American Bottom culture area.

Working on summary manuscripts on excavations conducted at Late Woodland enclosures and Late Prehistoric palisaded villages in Indiana.

Manuscript in preparation for early historic resources outside the gates of the late-18th century Fort Finney encountered during the Ohio River Bridges Project, Jeffersonville, Indiana

Manuscript in preparation for a ground-penetrating radar survey and testing at the Levi Coffin underground railroad site, in Cambridge City, Indiana

Previous Positions

2012–2014 Principal Investigator, McCullough Archaeological Services LLC. Indianapolis, Indiana.
2000–2011 Director, IPFW Archaeological Survey, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Department of Anthropology.
2000 Senior Staff Archaeologist, Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology, Indiana University.
1997–1999 Archaeologist, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (SHPO office).
(See vitae for complete listing)

Selected Bibliography

In preparation: Central Indiana as a Late Prehistoric Borderland: Western Basin and Fort Ancient Interactions on the Periphery.

In press: Building Community on the White River in Central Indiana: Structures as Reflective of Societal Change at the Late Prehistoric Castor Farm Site. In Building the Past: Studies of Prehistoric Wooden Post Architecture in the Ohio Valley-Great Lakes Region, edited by Brian G. Redmond and Robert A. Genheimer. University of Florida Press.

2012 Summary of Structures Identified to Date within Strawtown Koteewi Park. Indiana Archaeology, Vol. 7.

2011 Current Investigations at the Kramer Enclosure (12AL15): A Western Basin Tradition-Related Site in Northeastern Indiana. Indiana Archaeology 6(1):64–89. Lead author with Colin D. Graham.

2009 Excavations at the Strawtown Enclosure, 2007. Indiana Archaeology 4(1)81–107.

2009 Archaeological Investigations of Fort St. Philippe des Miamis (1722) and the First American Fort (1794) in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Indiana Archaeology 4(1):108–130. Co-author with Christopher R. Andres, Dorothea McCullough, and Michael Strezewski.

2009 Multiple Scales of Data on Falls Mississippian Settlement Practices. Indiana Archaeology 4(1):56–80. Co-author with Joshua Wells.

2003 Cultural Interaction along the West Fork of the White River during the Late Prehistoric Period. In Facing the Final Millennium of Indiana Prehistory, A.D. 700 to 1700. Special edition of Indiana Archaeology.

2000 The Late Woodland to Late Prehistoric Occupations of Central Indiana. In Late Woodland Societies: Tradition and Transformation across the Midcontinent, edited by T. Emerson, D. McElrath, and A. Fortier, pp. 643–685. University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln. Co-author with Brian G. Redmond.

Selected Papers Presented

Functional Changes in Late Prehistoric Enclosures in Indiana. Paper presented at the 58th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Archaeological Conference, Champaign, Illinois, October 2–4, 2014.

Continuing the Fort Ancient Conversation, an invited symposium focusing on Fort Ancient structures, Sunwatch Village, September 15–16, Dayton, Ohio. Co-organizer with David Pollack, Gwynn Henderson, and William Kennedy.

The Castor Phase: Late Prehistoric Farmers in Central Indiana. Invited paper presented at the symposium “Indiana Archaeology: The Crossroads of American Archaeology,” 56th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Archaeological Conference, Bloomington, Indiana, October 21–24, 2010.

The Fourteenth and Early Fifteenth Century Oneota Presence in Central Indiana: Cultural Interactions on the Eastern Periphery. Invited paper presented at the symposium “Perspectives on Socio-cultural Changes during the Late Mississippian Period of the Ohio Confluence and Neighboring Regions in the Southeast and Midwest,” 56th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Archaeological Conference, Bloomington, Indiana, October 21–24, 2010. Lead author with Dr. Mark Hill, Ball State University.

The Oliver Phase: Fort Ancient's Westernmost Expression, A.D. 1200–1450. Invited paper presented at the symposium “Since Adams County: (Almost) Twenty-five Years of Fort Ancient Research and, What's Next?,” 67th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Lexington, Kentucky, October 28–31, 2010.

Investigations at Fort Ouiatenon and Kethtippecanunk, Two Fur-Trade Era Sites in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. Paper presented at the 75th Annual Meeting, Society for American Archaeology, St. Louis, Missouri, April 14–18, 2010. With Michael Strezewski (lead author).

Preliminary Report of Investigations at the Late Prehistoric Kramer Enclosure (12-Al-15) in Northeastern Indiana. Paper presented at the Midwest Archaeological Conference, Iowa City, Iowa, October 17, 2009.

Central Indiana as a Prehistoric Frontier: Western Basin, Fort Ancient, and Oneota. Invited paper presented in the symposium “Mounds, Towns, Theories, and Numbers: Celebrating the Career of Christopher S. Peebles,” at the 74th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Atlanta, Georgia, April 23, 2009.

Late Prehistoric Enclosures and Western Basin Transformation in Northeastern Indiana. Invited paper presented at the Archaeology of Prehistoric Native Americans in the Western Lake Erie Region Conference, University of Toledo, March 28, 2009.

Oneota in Central Indiana: Two 14th-Century Expressions on the Eastern Periphery. Invited paper presented in the symposium “An Oneota Forum in Five Sessions. Part 1: Oneota Origins,” at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Midwest Archaeological Conference, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, October 4–6, 2007.

Castor Phase Peoples of Central Indiana. Invited paper presented in the symposium “Filling the Black Hole: Current Research in Indiana Archaeology,” at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Midwest Archaeological Conference, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, October 4–6, 2007.

Three Years of Geophysical Archaeology at Strawtown, Indiana: An Overview of Archaeological and Educational Results from a National Science Foundation Sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates program. Poster presented in poster symposium (organized by McCullough, Wells, and Strezewski) “Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Archaeological Survey’s Research Experiences of Undergraduates in Geophysical Archaeological Methods,” at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Midwest Archaeological Conference, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, October 4–6, 2007. With Michael Strezewski, Joshua Wells, and Andrew White.

Ancient and Modern Technologies Workshop: Upper Mississippian Ceramics. Invited participant in workshop held at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Midwest Archaeological Conference, Urbana, Illinois, October 12–14, 2006.

The 2005 Archaeological Investigations at the Prather Site (12-Cl-4): Surveys, Geoarchaeology, and Test Excavations. Paper presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Midwest Archaeological Conference, Urbana, Illinois, October 12–14, 2006. With Cheryl Munson (lead author) and C. Russell Stafford.

Overview of Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Geophysical Survey at Strawtown Koteewi Park. (Co-authored with Andrew A. White) Poster presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the Midwest Archaeological Conference, Dayton, Ohio, October 20–23, 2005.

Geophysical Survey and Excavation of a Semi-Subterranean Structure at the Castor Farm Site (12-H-3), a Late Prehistoric Village in Central Indiana. Paper presented at the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Central States Anthropological Society, Oxford, Ohio, March 10–12, 2005. With Andrew A. White.

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