October 1, 2016 at 8:45 am

OHIO Archaeology Month Kicks Off by Digging Up the Past

banner with arrowhead iamge: Digging up the past: 30 years of OHIO archaeology

Ohio University celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Field School in Ohio Archaeology in October, which is national archaeology month.

Thirty years ago, Dr. Elliot Abrams founded the OHIO Archaeological Field School. The program since has excavated almost two dozen archaeological sites, trained 345 undergraduate students in archaeological methods and preservation, and made significant contributions to our understanding of the prehistoric past. As the kickoff to Ohio Archaeology Month, this event will highlight the program’s achievements and offer an in-depth look at Prehistory in the Hocking Valley.

“We hope to have a lot of alumni back for many of these events, including tours of some of the sites OHIO students have helped excavate over the past three decades,” says Dr. Paul Patton, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Food Studies, Director of the Field School in Ohio Archaeology.

Sponsors for the month-long series of events include the College of Arts & Sciences, the Sociology & Anthropology Department, the Food Studies theme, the Food Matters student organization, the Southeast Ohio History Center, the Wayne National Forest, Alden Libraries, and Athens Uncorked.

Oct. 3

“Digging Up the Past: 30 Years of OHIO Archaeology”

Ohio University, University Librairies logoDr. Elliot Abrams, Sociology & Anthropology Department

6-7 p.m., fourth floor of Alden Library

This event is sponsored by University Libraries.

Oct. 14

OHIO Archaeology Field School Alumni Panel

1:30 p.m., 1804 Lounge in Baker Center

  • Josh McConaughy, The Archaeology Conservancy
  • Basia Howard, The American University
  • Staci Spertzel Black, Heberling and Associates
  • Tatiana Fox, Tetra Tech

The Prehistoric Use of Rockshelters in the Hocking Valley

Staci Spertzel Black, Heberling and Associates

5:30 p.m., Southeast Ohio History Center

Oct. 15

Relive the Dig! Alumni Tour of Field School Sites

10 a.m.

Space is limited, so RSVP early online.

Site tours include: Facing Monday Creek Rockshelter, Taber Well, Monday Creek Workshop, Payne’s Cemetery and Farmstead.

Tours will involve moderate hiking. Please dress appropriately and drink plenty of water.

Oct. 20

“Ancient People, Ancient Drinks: The Archaeology of Wine and Fermentation”

Dr. Ruth Palmer and Dr. Bill Owens, Classics & World Religions Department. See event details.

5:30-6:30 p.m., Athens Uncorked

Oct. 22

Artifact Identification Day

9 a.m.- noon, Wayne National Forest Headquarters

Oct. 25

“Ohio’s Hopewell Culture: An Explosion of Art, Architecture and Ceremony”

Bradley Lepper

5:30-6:30 p.m., Southeastern Ohio History Center, with reception after lecture


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