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October 19, 2017 at 12:14 pm

OHIO Archaeological Field School Store is Open

Four students in OHIO Archaeological Field School T-shirts sitting on the grass

Marisa Formica ’19, Brenna “Tipper” Tippie ’19, Sidney Travis ’19, Ashley Jordan ’18.

More than 30 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.

The Field School in OHIO Archaeology Affinity Store opened in 2017 to provide funds to The David Hudnell Fund for Archaeological Research and Field School. The David Hudnell Fund was established in 1997 to honor the memory of Hudnell, an Ohio University graduate in anthropology and archaeology who worked on archaeological field schools from 1986 until his premature passing in 1996. Hudnell had a great love of archaeology and Native American culture, and he was instrumental in helping establish the strong reputation of the Ohio University Field School.

Four stone coasters with OHIO Archaeological Field School images

OHIO Archaeological Field School coasters.

The research focus of the field school is ancient habitation sites during the Archaic and Woodland periods (4000 B.C. – A.D. 1000) in southeastern Ohio from which data are collected and further analyzed. This process sheds light on how people during these time periods were building their homes, what types of food were being eaten, how food was being processed, how tools were being made, etc. From these data, along with contemporary and past research from similar sites, students are able to infer how these past societies interacted with the land around them.

Rocks glass with OHIO Archaeological Field School image

OHIO Archaeological Field School rocks glass. Photo courtesy of Kailee Slusser.

OHIO Archaeological Field School Now

The current director of the OHIO Archaeological Field School is Dr. Paul Patton ’04 ’07M and the activities from Field School in the summer of 2016 were featured as the cover story in the Fall/Winter issue of Perspectives Magazine.

The Art

The OHIO Archaeological Field School graphics were designed by Patrick Fahey ’18, a double major in Visual Communication and Anthropology, with certificates in Food Studies and Graphic Information Science. The product photos featuring Fahey’s designs were taken by Kailee Slusser ’16, who began as a designer for Ohio University Advancement Communication and Marketing after graduating with a BFA in Graphic Design.

Magnets with OHIO Archaeological Field School images

OHIO Archaeological Field School magnets.

The Models

The t-shirt models are OHIO Archaeological Field School alumni and members of the Ohio Student Anthropology Society: Marisa Formica ’19, Anthropology major; Brenna “Tipper” Tippie ’19, Anthropology major with minor in Environmental and Plant Biology and certificates in Food Studies and Geographic Information Science; Sidney Travis ’19, Anthropology major with minor in Psychology and certificate in Museum Studies; Ashley Jordan ’18, with majors in History, Sociology, and Classical Civilization, with a minor in Anthropology.

The Bobcat Store

The Ohio University Alumni Association launched the Bobcat Store in April 2007 to assist alumni with finding Ohio University apparel and merchandise. The Alumni Association partners with a local Athens company to fulfill most of the Bobcat Store orders and strives to develop local Athens partnerships as well as partnerships with alumni-owned businesses.

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