Ohio History Connection (OHS) staff are working with Ohio's strong and committed archaeological community to increase awareness, train educators and preserve and interpret Ohio's rich ancient past, at the Center in Columbus, at historic sites around the state and through publications and educational programs.

Bradley T. Lepper  |  Martha Otto  |  Linda Pansing  |  William H. Pickard  |  Kellie Rogers  |  Juli Six  |  Archaeologists at the State Historic Preservation Office


Brad ProfileBradley T. Lepper

Curator of Archaeology

Dr. Lepper earned his B.A. degree from the University of New Mexico and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Ohio State University. His primary areas of interest include the Ice Age peoples of North America, Ohio's magnificent mounds and earthworks, and the history of North American archaeology. Dr. Lepper has written extensively on these subjects for both technical journals and magazines intended for a general audience. He is the author of the book, Ohio Archaeology: an illustrated chronicle of Ohio's ancient American Indian cultures, published in 2005 by Orange Frazer Press. He also writes a bi-weekly column on archaeology for the Columbus Dispatch.

Especially noteworthy research includes the excavation of the Burning Tree mastodon in December of 1989 (named one of the top 50 science discoveries of 1990 by Discovermagazine in their January 1991 issue) and the discovery of the Great Hopewell Road, first reported in 1995 (see Archaeology magazine, November/December 1995). Dr. Lepper's research on the Great Hopewell Road was featured in the public television documentarySearching for the Great Hopewell Road first broadcast in April of 1998.

Dr. Lepper was born and raised in northeastern Ohio, and now lives in Newark, in the vicinity of the extensive ancient earthworks of that region, with his wife Karen, two children, two dogs, and four cats.

Dr. Lepper is an occasional visiting professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Denison University in Granville.

Linda ProfileLinda Pansing

Curator of Archaeology 

As Curator Linda Pansing is responsible for the creation and upkeep of department databases and records, performs cataloging and other collection care and research duties. In the course of her work she has had the opportunity to conduct investigations at several Society holdings including PickawillanyFort AncientU.S. Grant Boyhood HomeSchool House and BirthplaceJohn Rankin HouseMiamisburg MoundFort MeigsFlint Ridge;Newark EarthworksLeo PetroglyphHarrison TombQuaker Meeting HouseZoarPaul Laurence Dunbar House; and the Ohio River Museum.

Linda is an avid scuba diver and has managed to mesh her passion for archaeology with diving right here in Ohio. She is a founding member of the Maritime Archaeological Survey Team (MAST), a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the documentation of Ohio's underwater cultural resources, otherwise known as shipwrecks. Efforts of MAST have resulted in the instruction of hundreds of scuba divers from Ohio, surrounding states and Canada on underwater survey techniques; Ohio, national and international shipwreck law, research and report writing. The outcomes have been the listing of shipwrecks as Ohio archaeological sites with the State Historic Preservation Office, project reports, and Ohio's first underwater dive slates (maps) of shipwrecks.

In addition to MAST, Linda's other memberships include the American Anthropological Association, Association for Great Lakes History, Midwest Archaeological Conference, National Speleological Society, Ohio Archaeological Council, Ohio Council of Skin and Scuba Divers, Save Ontario Shipwrecks, Society of American Anthropologists, Society for Historical Archaeology and several Ohio dive clubs.

She was born and raised in Marion County, just north of Waldo, Ohio. She presently resides in Delaware with her husband Scott, Dee Dee the dog, and Zoë the cat.

Having received her BA in Anthropology from Ohio State University, Linda is presently working toward her Masters in Museum Studies.


Kellie ProfileKellie Rogers

Collections Assistant

Kellie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with an emphasis in Archaeology at Pacific Lutheran University and her Master’s Degree in Archaeology from American Military University. She comes to us from the North Carolina Forest Service, where she worked as a Field Archaeologist on the Croatan and Uwharrie National Forest. Her other field experience includes work with the Makah and Quileute Tribe’s of the Pacific Northwest, the Washington State Historical Society, and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. In addition to working as a Field Archaeologist, Kellie has been an instructor of Anatomy and Physiology at Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst North Carolina.

Born and raised in Southern California, Kellie left the west coast to join the United States Army and worked as an Airborne Light Wheel Vehicle Mechanic, stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. She presently resides in Richland County with her husband Peter and cat Hecubus. When Kellie and Peter are not out exploring the history of Ohio, they are restoring Classic Video Arcade Machines.


Juli profileJuli Six

Collections Assistant

Having lived in Ohio all her life, Juli visited COSI and Campus Martius so often that she memorized the exhibits as a child. Her innate curiosity fueled her dream of one day working in a museum. As an adult, preparation for a career in Museum Studies included but was not limited to: Federal work study in identification of Ohio fauna skeletal remains; Johnson’s Island Civil War Military Prison Archaeological Field School; Field work for Forensic Archaeology Cold Case Team at The Ohio State University; Fort Center Archaeological Field School (Ecology, Ritual, and Monument Construction in South Florida); as well as an internship at the Artic Studies Center of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Adding to a strong background in photography and design, Juli received her Bachelor’s Degree with Honors from The Ohio State University in 2011 majoring in Physical Anthropology with a minor in Forensic Sciences. Her primary academic focus was skeletal markers of disease and interpersonal violence in prehistoric individuals. 2011 also marked the beginning of an internship and subsequent employment at the Ohio History Center.

As an Archaeology Collections Assistant Juli performs stewardship duties for the human remains and database which comprise the Society’s NAGPRA collection. She provides support to the curators in many ways including researching and cataloging artifacts and field excavation (Newark Earthworks, Pickawillany, Serpent Mound, Zoar). Juli also assists in online database maintenance and public service in the Ohio History Center Archives Library. Aiding patrons in genealogy research is an important part of her duties in the library.

Volunteerism has always been a major part of Juli’s continuing education, most notably is her enduring relationship with her “little” through the Hispanic Mentoring Center at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio. Through volunteering she also joined the 2012 Rotary Group Study Exchange to South Korea and continues her volunteer work for the Rotary Club and the Ohio History Center’s Ohio Village.

Archaeologists at the State Historic Preservation Office

The Society also has a number of archaeologists at the State Historic Preservation Office who are involved in archaeological programs throughout the state.

We also appreciate the hard work of the interns and volunteers who have spent hundreds of hours of their time working on projects both in the lab and out in the field. For information on volunteer opportunities, click here.

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