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The Archaeology of Prehistoric Native Americans in the Western Lake Erie Region Conference was held at the University of Toledo. The archaeological Conference was an opportunity for the public and amateur and professional archaeologists to become familiar with prehistoric and historic events in the Western Lake Erie Region. The purpose was to bring more light to bear on the Native American cultures of the Western Lake Erie Region during the time period from 1000 B.C. to 1800 A.D. Dr. Robert G. McCullough attended Indiana University, Ball State University and received his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He is the Director of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne-Archaeological survey and teaches in the Department of Anthropology.
The Western Basin occupation of northeastern Indiana consisted of a dispersed settlement pattern with communal circular enclosures. Current evidence suggests the enclosures did not support sedentary village occupations, but appeared to have functioned as meeting places which served as an integrative mechanism for the dispersed population. Excavations at two circular enclosures in northeastern Indiana will be discussed as well as an over view of the related Castor Farm site in central Indiana.