Did you know that southwestern indiana was once home to a large native american population? Their homes and villages are now in ruins, but some archeologists are working to uncover the artifacts learning more about the people who once roamed the land. And theyre finding much more than they ever expected. These guys arent just playing in dirt. Theyre uncovering history. Archeologists are working at this site near Hovey Lake to learn more about at least 100 native american families who used to live in this area. "We want to know how they organize their lives," says IU Research Scientist Cheryl Munson. Theyre finding that by digging up walls and posts that may have once stood 16 to 20 feet tall protecting the village. "Were reaseraching homeland securing of the time period ad 1400 to 1650." Theyre uncovering more than just walls and posts this week they came across something they werent expecting. A home left exactly as if after it burnt to the ground. Its a surface a prehistoric family actually walked on. "They left behind a pottery bowl some jars that were in use and a shell that must have been the remains of dinner." This is one of eight homes theyve uncovered in this project. "The burned house talks about everyday living." But the first where theyve found things like a bowl not broken into pieces The project started almost 30 years ago. "I dont think well ever find all the answers." But theyll keep digging until they uncover as much information as they can." If youd like to learn more about exactly what theyre doing - theyre holding an open house for the public this weekend. It will take place this Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 5. You can park at the Hovey Lake offices and they will shuttle you to the excavation site.