Who We Are
Indiana Jane is owned and operated by professional archaeologist Karen B. Supak. Ms. Supak has almost 25 years archaeological experience in academic, museum, and private corporate settings in Arkansas, California, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Kenya, and has published archaeological research in Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, and Kentucky. She has served as a member of both the Committee on Ethics (2011-2015) and the Public Education Committee (2013 -2015) for the Society for American Archaeology (SAA). She has presented research results at state, regional, and national levels, and is active in local and statewide volunteer activities that focus on public education and awareness of archaeological and other cultural resources.
Ms. Supak has conducted research in both prehistoric and historic archaeology, including critical issues analysis, site survey, National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) evaluation, and NRHP mitigation, human and faunal osteological recovery and analysis, archaeobotanical recovery and analysis, and studies of site taphonomy. She has successfully completed training in archaeological damage assessment analysis, reporting, and testimony for criminal cases involving violations of the Archaeological Resource Protection Act. She has also participated in paleoanthropological research both in the United States as a visiting scientist at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and through the National Museums of Kenya.
As the owner and operator of Indiana Jane, Ms. Supak is currently involved in public education efforts through both educational and community organizations, aimed at expanding public awareness of the necessity of cultural resource preservation and support of the Environmental Protection Act and relevant state-level legislation.