Upcoming Ohio Valley Urban and Historic Archaeology Symposium

Upcoming Ohio Valley Urban and Historic Archaeology Symposium

Next Saturday, April 14, 2012 the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville WV will host the 30th Annual Symposium on Ohio Valley Urban and Historic Archaeology. The event is open to the public and sponsored by the Murray State University Archaeology Laboratory. Presentations will cover a number of topics as diverse as excavations at an historic tavern in General Sheridans hometown, West Virginia oil field archaeology, archaeology along bypassed sections of highway in Tennessee and the excavation of a musket ball deposit dating to Ohios involvement in the Revolutionary War. A preliminary agenda is listed below. There will also be a tour of the Archaeological Research Complex and the adjacent Grave Mound.

For background: the Grave Creek Mound, at over 60 feet in height, is one of the largest conical burial mounds in North America. It is rivaled only by the great Miamisburg Mound south of Dayton. It is an odd occurrence that these two monumental earthworks would seem to mark the east-west limits of the Adena Culture in the central Ohio Valley.

These symposiums are always interesting for their wide range of subject matter and are well worth attending. Here’s hoping you can attend.
Bill Pickard
The 30th Annual Symposium on Ohio
Valley Urban and Historic Archaeology

April 14, 2012
Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex
West Virginia Division of Culture and History
Moundsville, West Virginia

Preliminary Agenda
– Registration and general milling around
9:20 – Welcoming remarks
9:40 – Highway Archaeology: Glimpses of Almost Forgotten Stretches of Old U.S. 41 in Coffee County, Tennessee. Donald B. Ball
10:00 – Three Point Clouds: Heritage Documentation and LiDAR in the Ohio Valley. Peter Butler, Charlie Yuill, Paul Kinder, and Adam Riley
10:20 – Ethnicity and Land Use Patterns in the Lower Shenandoah Valley during the Eighteenth Century. Charles A. Hulse
10:40 – The Occurrence of the Fort Laurens Musket Ball Deposit: Evidence of an Historic Event in an Archaeological Context. William H. Pickard

11:00 Break

11:20 – The Texas House Hotel: Accommodation and Hospitality in Virginias Blue Ridge Plateau. David E. Rotenizer
11:40 – W.C. Stiles, Entrepreneur of the Volcano Oil Fields West Virginia: an Archaeological Collaboration. Chloe Sampson and Annette G. Ericksen
12:00 – Multidisciplinary investigations at the David Deardurff House, Columbus, Ohio. Andrew R. Sewell, Maria Burkett, Charissa Durst, Anne B. Lee, and Greg Wiles
12:20 – Archaeology of Urban Slavery: An Example from Falmouth, Jamaica Kit W. Wesler
12:40 – Brief business meeting/snacks
1:15 – Tour of site, museum, and research & collections management facility

African-American Archaeology in West Virginia
. Heather Cline

Research of the Hocking Valley Salines. Matthew R. Steinmetz

Preliminary Results of Cultural Resource Investigations at the
Fink Tavern Site Somerset, Perry County.
Joseph E. B. Snider

Posted April 6, 2012
Topics: Archaeology

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