This page is dedicated to our colleagues who have passed on,  so that their memory and the contributions they made to the field of archaeology will never be forgotten.


Christopher S. Peebles, Ph.D. (1939-2012)

peeblesChristopher S. Peebles passed away Monday evening, April 17, 2012. Chris is best known through the successes of the many students he mentored, the innovative scholarship he produced, and his leadership of the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology at Indiana University, for which he was most proud. His scholarship on Mississippian archaeology, geophysical applications to archaeological investigations, modern and prehistoric social complexity, and information technology will continue to inspire colleagues for years to come. His appointments included Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology and positions in the Program for Cognitive Science and in the School of Informatics. After retirement, Chris continued to advise students and colleagues as Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Director Emeritus of the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology, and Dean Emeritus and Associate Vice President Emeritus for Information Technology.



Mark E. Cantin (1959 – 2012)

Mark E. Cantin, Assistant Director of the Archaeology and Quaternary Research Laboratory (formally Anthropology Laboratory) at Indiana State University passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2012.

Mark received his bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from ISU in 1985, and became a field assistant in the Anthropology Lab under then director Bob Pace. He received his MA degree in Physical Geography at ISU with a specialization in geoarchaeology in 2000 and was appointed assistant director of the laboratory. He was an expert on prehistoric stone material identification and the Early Archaic Period of prehistory in Indiana. Many archaeologists in the state sought out his opinion about prehistoric stone sources. He also served as principal investigator for contract archaeology projects conducted for federal and state agencies including the Indiana Department of Transportation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with particular emphasis on locating buried archaeological sites. He also was project director on one of the lab’s largest projects on the Ohio River near New Albany, (Caesars Archaeological Project) between 1998-2000, which produced one of the largest collections of prehistoric artifacts from a site in the Midwest. He wrote a manual on the descriptions and archaeological use of Indiana chert types which is under development for publication by the Indiana Geological Survey, and may be online soon. Dr. Stafford and Mark have a chapter included in the most comprehensive edited volume concerning the Archaic period of the Midwest which came out in 2009.