Ohio History Connection's Archaeology Collection consists of more than 5,700 separate collections containing more than two million objects representing 14,000 years of Ohio history. 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.

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 the OHS network include the Newark Earthworks a National Historic Landmark and Ohio's state prehistoric monument, and Serpent Mound, a National Historic Landmark.

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Our Collections

The objects in our Archaeology Collection tell the story of Ohio's past, from American Indian mounds to historic battlefields.

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Ohio Memory

This digital library has more than 27,000 images from Ohio History Connection and 330 other historical societies, libraries and museums.

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Ohio Pix

Ohio Pix is an image reproduction database managed by Ohio History Connection, including hundreds of images of archaeology collections.

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Ohio History Central

Ohio History Connection's Online Encyclopedia contains a timeline and entries relating to Ohio's  past.

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Meet Our Archaeology Staff

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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 Pansing, Archaeology Curator

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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, Archaeology Curator

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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.

Volunteers and Interns

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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.

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