Artifact discovered in Carmel construction site helps educate second-graders


In late June, Josh Kirsh, an engineering administrator for the City of Carmel, discovered a rare artifact at the construction site for the 136th Street and Gray Road roundabout. The unusual rock turned out to be a banner stone, a tool that could be thousands of years old. The Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources confirmed its significance and let Kirsh keep the artifact.

CHS volunteer Deb Gangstad shows the banner stone to Carmel second-graders. (Submitted photos)

Now, Kirsh has teamed up with the Carmel Clay Historical Society to help educate second-graders at all Carmel Clay elementary schools about local history.

Emily Ehrgott, CCHS executive director, said Kirsh was happy to lend the artifact so school children could get a hands-on education during their tours of the Monon Depot Museum in October.

“This was a great way for our students to learn a little about Carmel’s history, and we could share the banner stone with the community,” she said.

Ehrgott said there might be future opportunities to learn about the banner stone with a talk at the Carmel Clay Public Library. There was a previous talk at the library in August, featuring Kirsh and Strawtown Koteewi Park Historical Resource Specialist Christy Brocken.

Brocken spoke about local Native American history to put the stone in context and brought along other artifacts that have been found in Hamilton County for the public to view.


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