Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc., Washington City Schools, and Paul Turner received a Public Awareness and Education Award for the archaeological investigation at the Gist Settlement in Highland County. Turner is a descendant of this freed-slave community. Washington High School history teacher Paul Larue and Ohio Valley’s Jarrod Burks were instrumental in the project’s success. The archaeological research was partially funded by grants from the History Channel and Time Warner Cable’s STEM Initiative.

The Ashland/Wooster/Columbus Archaeological and Geologic Consortium, Ashland University, The College of Wooster, and Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc.’s Jarrod Burks also received a Public Awareness and Education Award for the Walhonding Valley Late Prehistoric Sites Project. The Consortium is composed of professionals, semi-professionals, and amateurs who for over 25 years have been volunteering on archaeological excavations to understand the region’s prehistory.

The Cleveland Underwater Explorers and the Maritime Archeological Survey Team (MAST) received a Preservation Merit Award for the survey, recordation and permanent mooring of the Sultan shipwreck in Lake Erie. The project is a model for volunteer efforts in underwater archaeology in Ohio’s portion of Lake Erie. A grant from the Ohio Archaeological Council partially supported this project.

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