CARMEL, Ind. – A historic artifact that could be more than 4,000 years old was found in Carmel at a roundabout construction site.
The artifact, found to be a banner stone likely dating back to native American settlements in Hamilton County, was discovered late Thursday near the edge of the project site at 136th Street and Gray Road by Josh Kirsh, an engineering administrator for the city.
City officials notified the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, which investigated the incident and said they believe it was an isolated find and should not hinder the project unless more are found. Conner Prairie was also contacted for assistance.
“It is important to preserve our history as we continue to make progress and grow as a community.That is especially true when it comes to respecting the history of our first settlers in Clay Township,” said Mayor Jim Brainard. “That is why we took quick action to assess the incident and contact the proper authorities before proceeding with this project.”
Banner stones were commonly found in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan and were used for ceremonies, drilling and fire making.
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