Archaeology Month To Focus On Utopian Societies

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ This year's Indiana Archaeology Month in September will focus on utopian communities that settled in the state.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources' Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology says at least three utopian communities settled in southwestern Indiana in the early 19th century.

A religious group known as the Shakers established the community of Busro or West Union in Knox County. The religious Harmonie Society, also called the Harmonists, and later the secular Owenites formed settlements at New Harmony in Posey County.

The DNR says archaeological investigations have revealed a great deal about how people lived in such communal societies.

A variety of events are held every year by universities, museums, other organizations and individuals for Archaeology Month.