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Spring OAC Meeting May 3, 2024

National Register Archeology 101: Evaluating the Significance and Integrity of Archeological Resources

When: Friday, May 3, 2024, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Ohio History Center, 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211, and online via Zoom

Kick off Historic Preservation Month by joining the Ohio Archaeological Council and Ohio's State Historic Preservation Office for a seminar on applying the National Register of Historic Places Criteria for Evaluation to archaeological resources. The event is free, with in-person (75 maximum) and online participation options available, but registration is required. A box lunch will be provided for in-person participants.

The morning will feature four presentations by archaeologists on identifying and evaluating archaeological resources. In the afternoon, learn from the National Park Service’s National Register archaeologist about applying the National Register Criteria to archaeological resources, followed by SHPO staff discussing procedures for nominating archaeological properties to the National Register and evaluating archaeological resources within regulatory processes.

Attendees will gain insights from leading professionals like Albert M. Pecora from Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc., who will discuss the importance of geophysical surveys, and Kevin R. Schwarz along with David F. Klinge from ASC Group, Inc., who will delve into the significance of A horizons and middens. Evan Peacock and Kevin C. Nolan, representing The Cobb Institute of Archaeology at Mississippi State University and Applied Anthropology Laboratories at Ball State University respectively, will critique current Cultural Resource Management practices, suggesting advanced methodologies for archaeological significance evaluation. Robert Chidester from The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc., will offer a fresh perspective on evaluating post-contact archaeological sites. This seminar promises to equip participants with the latest techniques and theoretical knowledge in archaeology, directly from the experts themselves.

The seminar will provide useful information to anyone who evaluates archaeological resources through the National Historic Preservation Act Section 106/110 processes, under Ohio Revised Code 149.53, or the National Register nomination process. Target audiences include archaeology consultants, local, state, and federal agency staff, American Indian tribal representatives, SHPO/THPO staff, state review board members, and Certified Local Governments.

Plan to join us today! Click here to register for National Register Archeology 101

Prepared by Al Tonetti, Chair
Andy Sewell, Megan Shaeffer, and Mike Striker, Committee Members

Columbus Public Library, Main Branch
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