Ohio History Connection's Archaeology Collection consists of more than 5,800 separate collections containing more than one million objects and representing 15,000 years of Ohio's cultural heritage. Striking examples include the Adena Pipe, copper and obsidian artifacts from the Hopewell Mound Group, the Tremper effigy pipes and Adena engraved tablets. Our collections also provide the basis for current and future archaeological research projects, exhibits and educational programs. As of January 2022, the Ohio History Connection has over 87,000 Archaeology collection and object records available to view on our Online Collections Catalog.
The first site in the Ohio History Connection's site system was the Fort Ancient Earthworks, which was acquired in 1891. The Fort Ancient Earthworks, a National Historic Landmark, are a series of earthen embankments that extend for more than 3½ miles around a high bluff along the Little Miami River in southwestern Ohio. Other archaeological sites in our network include the Newark Earthworks a National Historic Landmark and Ohio's state prehistoric monument, and Serpent Mound, a National Historic Landmark.
The objects in our Archaeology Collection tell the story of Ohio's past, from American Indian mounds to historic battlefields.Explore
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Ohio History Connection staff work with Ohio’s strong and committed archaeological community to increase awareness, train educators, preserve, and interpret Ohio’s rich ancient past at Ohio History Center, at our historic sites around the state, and through publications and educational programs.
Linda started at Ohio History Connection after receiving her BA in Anthropology from Ohio State University. As Curator, she is responsible for the creation and upkeep of department databases and records creation and upkeep, cataloging and other collection care and research duties. In the course of her work, she has had the opportunity to conduct investigations at several Ohio History Connection holdings, including Pickawillany; Fort Ancient; U.S. Grant Boyhood Home, Schoolhouse, and Birthplace; John Rankin House; Miamisburg Mound; Fort Meigs; Flint Ridge Ancient Quarries & Nature Preserve; Newark Earthworks; Leo Petroglyphs and Nature Preserve; William Henry Harrison Tomb; Quaker Yearly Meeting House; Zoar Villiage; Paul 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.
Marie Swartz earned her A.A.S. degree in archaeology from Hocking College and her B.A. degree in anthropology from the Ohio State University. Before coming to OHC, she worked extensively in cultural resource management, in the collections of universities and local history museums, as well as library and special archive preservation. As a curator, she works to make the OHC archaeological collections more accessible to both the public and researchers. In her off time, she enjoys film photography, reading poetry and existential philosophical works, and bird watching with her cat, Wolfgang.
We 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 more information on volunteer opportunities, visit the Volunteer page.
What do ‘Zerubabel, Cemeteries and Ancient Inscriptions’ have in common? They’re all intriguing presentations you can see at Archaeology Day (10am-4pm) at the Ohio History Connection on September 30th! Here’s the line up: 1:00 pm – Seeing Ohio’s Rock Art: Virtual reality approaches to Inscription Rock on Kelleys Island Dr. John Soderberg, Anthropology Department […]
Celebrate Ohio Archaeology Month at the Ohio History Connection where we'll be kicking off celebrations on September 30, 2023 from 10:00am to 4:00pm! Dig into history with Ohio History Connection’s annual Archeology Day! Explore Ohio’s past with archeologists from across the state. Learn what it takes to be an archeologist, participate in a mock dig […]
In the spring of 1840, the Ohio Whig newspaper touted a future presidential campaign stop at Fort Meigs by candidate General William Henry Harrison. Readers may be familiar with Harrison’s slogan Tippecanoe and Tyler Too, coined due to his victory at the War of 1812 Battle of Tippecanoe, with John Tyler playing second fiddle as […]
Co-sponsored by the Ohio History Connections’ State Historic Preservation Office. Engage in meaningful conversations focused on the economics of historic preservation, new ideas in creative placemaking, and innovations for evolving communities. Participate in focused tours of Dayton and its historic neighborhoods, districts, and landmarks. Taking place in the historic Dayton Arcade October 10-12, 2023, the […]
Join Dave Dyer, Natural History Curator, and Marie Swartz, Archaeology Curator, on a journey that intertwines ornithology, archaeology, and natural history, revealing the significance of collaborative research in unraveling the secrets of the past. One of the basic tenets of a scientific collection is that the data associated with the specimens is as important […]
By Truda Shinker, Ohio History Connection Membership Manager Join me as I visit the sites in the Ohio History Connection network! This month's road trip took me to the First Friday Tour of the Great Circle in Heath. The Great Circle in Heath is one of the remaining segments of the Newark Earthworks, which was […]
On the (Rail)Road In the Autumn of 1880, President Rutherford B. Hayes embarked upon his Great Western Tour. Though being well-traveled throughout his presidency and known to make appearances across the country, this particular itinerary reached the Pacific Ocean and would mark the furthest west any sitting president had ever traveled. Beginning in Canton, Ohio, […]
Explore this remnant of a 2,000 year-old complex that is the largest set of geometric earthworks ever known. During the Newark Earthworks Open House, visitors are invited to explore and experience fully all three segments of these ancient, expansive earthworks built masterfully by American Indians. The site will be open daylight to dusk, with staff […]
By Linda Pansing, Curator of Archaeology This holiday season we thought you’d enjoy hearing about an encounter we had with a 7 year old who recently visited the museum in Columbus during a special event. She came by our table filled with stone pestles, pieces of pottery, bone tools, granite celts and chert projectile points; […]
Join a guided walking tour of portions of the Newark Earthworks on Saturday, July 23 from 9 am to Noon. It will start and end at the Great Circle Museum (455 Hebron Rd., Heath, OH) and will cover about three miles of mostly level terrain on public sidewalks. Walking shoes and a water bottle are […]