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Jarrod Burks Receives OAC Scholarship Award

President-elect Lynn Hanson presents OAC Scholarship Award to Jarrod Burks.

  Dr. Jarrod Burks has a long and diverse history as an Ohio archaeologist, although it may surprise some to find out that he is actually a native of Illinois.  After completing his B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois-Urbana, Jarrod came to Ohio as a graduate student at The Ohio State University in 1994.  He earned his M.A. in 1996 and completed his PhD in 2004 with a dissertation on household archaeology at the Strait site in central Ohio.  While completing his PhD, Jarrod served for many years as a technician and collections manager for Hopewell Culture National Historic Park.  After graduation, Jarrod has primarily worked as the Director of Geophysical Surveys for Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc. In 1998, Jarrod married his wife Susie, who may be one of the most supportive and understanding spouses an archaeologist could ever have. 



  Jarrod has been and remains one of the most prolific archaeologists in Ohio and his experiences and accomplishments are perhaps some of the most varied imaginable.  He has worked for extended terms of service for universities, a museum, the federal government, and culture resource management.

  As an educator, Jarrod has served as an instructor for several university courses at The Ohio State University and Hocking College, workshops for the National Park Service and the National Center for Preservation Technology, and countless lectures and workshops in Ohio and beyond.  As a researcher, he has published nearly two dozen refereed journal articles or book chapters, and of course, wrote his dissertation.  He has published two dozen newsletter articles; has delivered 66 conference papers at a variety of local, regional, and national conferences; served as the primary author of 65 technical reports; co-authored or contributed to another 19 reports; and is one of the most recognizable faces and names in Ohio archaeology in recent years.  Jarrod has held several volunteer positions, most notably President-Elect of the Ohio Archaeological Council and is currently serving as President.

  Jarrod’s greatest contribution has been his application of geophysical prospecting within the context of Ohio archaeology.  He is skilled in the use of multiple geophysical methods, including magnetometry, electrical resistance, ground penetrating radar, magnetic susceptibility (and probably others that the rest of us haven’t even heard of yet!)  He has walked hundreds (probably more than a thousand now?) of kilometers for geophysical surveys through every variation of lovely and miserable conditions.  Jarrod has truly been a pioneer of new technology and is certainly one of the most experienced geophysical specialists in the United States, if not the world.

  He has provided new and significant information about the Junction Group, Carlisle Fort, Steel Group, the Reinhardt site, Shriver, Fort Ancient (including the discovery of Moorehead Circle), the Circle at the Hopewell site, and many others.  He has revealed previously unknown features at well-studied sites, but has also found entire sites and earthworks that have never been recorded and would not have been likely to have ever been found without his efforts.  He has conducted geophysics on sites in other states and countries, and served as a consultant on forensic work with police departments.  He has ventured as far as any archaeologist could in search of more data, even risking getting Rob Cook shanked by prison inmates.

  Jarrod’s work has not just yielded new data, but new ideas and methods.  For example, his use of magnetic susceptibility instrumentation to conduct distributional studies is unique and especially valuable.  In short, Jarrod Burks has brought Ohio archaeology into the 21st century through his introduction of geophysics as an integral part of our research.  Jarrod has made a major contribution to Ohio archaeology and to our knowledge base. 

  His most definitive and admirable traits are his generosity and his passion for helping others.  He has spent hundreds of his weekends and personal days conducting surveys and research for virtually every archaeologist in the state.  There is a very long list of people whom are indebted to Jarrod for his extensive and tireless service to his peers and to the public. 

  For these accomplishments, Jarrod Burks is awarded the OAC’s Scholarship Award.


OAC Directors Award to Archaeological Conservancy

OAC President Jarrod Burks presents the OAC Board of Directors Award to Paul Gardner, Midwest Regional Director, The Archaeological Conservancy.


  Established in 1980, The Archaeological Conservancy is the only national, non-profit membership organization solely dedicated to acquiring and preserving important and endangered archaeological sites. It has acquired 400 sites in at least 39 states, including 22 sites in Ohio. Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Conservancy also operates regional offices in Mississippi, Maryland, Ohio, and California. 




  The Conservancy’s funds come from their more than 23,000 members, individual contributions, corporations, and foundations.  Income from a permanent Endowment Fund supplements regular fundraising.  Money is often raised locally to purchase sites in a community.  In emergency situations, funds are borrowed from a revolving Preservation Fund.  In 2008 the Conservancy had more than $25 million in net assets.

  Charity Navigator, a web-based organization that evaluates and ranks charities, gives the Conservancy its highest (“exceptional”) rating, meaning it exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities of a similar nature.  In fact, ninety-one percent of funds raised by the Conservancy go to programs, five percent to fundraising, and four percent to administration.


Nominee’s Achievement 

  Clearly, The Archaeological Conservancy meets the criteria of having made a significant contribution to the advancement of archaeology in Ohio through the acquisition and protection of 22 important archaeological sites. But it also raises public awareness about archaeological sites by conducting the “Ohio Mound Builder’s” tour, by sponsoring public outreach lectures (e.g., Cleveland Lecture Series), by providing outreach opportunities on the sites that they own, and by producing its magazine American Archaeology, which has featured a number of articles on Ohio archaeology.

  In Ohio, the Conservancy has focused on the acquisition of Woodland period mounds and earthworks, including portions of Hopewell Mound Group and High Bank Works in Ross County, the Davis Group in Hocking County, and the Great Mound in Butler County—the latter of which is one of Ohio’s tallest. While some of their Ohio acquisitions have been transferred to other organizations for preservation, like the National park Service, the Conservancy maintains control of most of the properties it acquires.

  Notably, in 2007, the Conservancy played a prominent role in the acquisition of the Spruce Hill Earthworks.  With a loan from The Conservation Fund, the Conservancy provided half the funds to purchase the site just days before it went to auction.

  In 1989, The Archaeological Conservancy received a Preservation Merit award from the Ohio Historic Preservation Office for preserving prehistoric archaeological sites in Ohio through acquisition. The Ohio Archaeological Council would like to continue to recognize the Conservancy and its commitment to helping preserve Ohio’s past by presenting the Conservancy with our organization’s Board of Director’s award. And we’d especially like to thank Paul Gardner for his continued work as an agent of the Conservancy and as an advocate for Ohio archaeological preservation.


Seeman Receives OHPO Awards

OAC member and past president Mark Seeman received two awards from the Ohio Historic Preservation Office on November 6, 2010. Both awards were associated with his efforts in nominating the Kent State Shooting Site to the National Register of Historic Places.  The site was listed in the National Register earlier this year.  The texts of the awards are listed below.  Pictured here, from left to right, are Ohio Historical Society Director Burt Logan, Dr. Laura L. Davis, Dr. Mark Seeman, Dr. Carole A. Barbato, and Dr. Jerry M. Lewis.   

Public Education and Awareness

Dr. Mark F. Seeman for his public education work and consensus building that enabled the nomination of the May 4, 1970, Kent State Shootings Site in Kent to the National Register of Historic Places


Preservation Merit Award

Dr. Mark F. Seeman, Dr. Jerry M. Lewis, Dr. Carole A. Barbato, and Dr. Laura L. Davis for preparing exemplary documentation to nominate the May 4, 1970, Kent State Shootings Site in Kent to the National Register of Historic Places


OAC Launches New E-Journal

 The creation of a new e-journal was announced at the 2010 OAC Fall business meeting.  The new publication is called the Journal of Ohio Archaeology and will present peer-reviewed articles on the archaeology of Ohio and adjacent states.  Brian Redmond will serve as Managing Editor for the first issue and will be assisted by an editorial board consisting of Jarrod Burks, Rob Cook, Joni Manson, and Martha Otto.   Posting of the inaugeral issue is planned for early 2011. 

Prospective contributors should consult the Journal's Editorial Policies for information on submission requirements.   Those interested in serving as manuscript reviewers should consult the JOA Guidelines for Reviewers.
Questions about the Journal or submissions should be directed to Brian Redmond at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OAC 2010 Fall Meeting at Newark

The Fall 2010 membership meeting of the Ohio Archaeological Council will be held on November 6, 2010 at the Reese Center on the Newark campus of The Ohio State University.  Ten presentations are scheduled and the agenda is listed below.  A pdf version is also available.  Read the abstracts!

Ohio Archaeological Council Fall Membership Meeting

Co-Sponsored with the Newark Earthworks Center

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Reese Center Auditorium, The Ohio State University-Newark


9:30-10:00 am             Arrivals


10:00-11:30 am           Morning Session


10:00 – 10:20 am        Bill Kennedy – Experimental Reconstruction of Fort Ancient Architecture at SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park


10:20-10:40 am           Suzanne Sanders, Joshua Roth, Nathan Workman, and Jennifer Evans – Good Middling Farmers: Archaeological Investigations of the 19th Century Clayton/Huston Farmstead, Richland Twp., Fairfield County


10:40-11:00 am           Paula L. Grubb, Emily Culver, and Kenneth B. Tankersley – Twin Mounds Village (33Ha24) Revisited


11:00 – 11:20 am        Kevin R. Schwarz – A Jack’s Reef Horizon Settlement Cluster in the Central Scioto Valley           


11:30 am-1:00 pm       Ohio Archaeological Council Luncheon and Business Meeting (Reese Center Ballroom Sections F and G)


1:00 pm                       Presentation of the Ohio Archaeological Council Board of Directors Award


1:05-4:00 pm               Afternoon Session


1:05 – 1:25 pm            Brian Redmond – Survey and Testing of an Early to Middle Woodland Enclosure at the Heckleman Site (33Er14): Results of the 2009-2010 Cleveland Museum of Natural History Field Seasons


1:25 – 1:45 pm            Jarrod Burks – Geophysical Survey at Several Small Earthwork Sites in Southern Ohio: Identifying Emerging Complexity at Small Earthwork Sites


1:50 – 2:10 pm            Karen Niemel GarrardOn the Banks of the Scioto River: Site 33PI952 in Pickaway County, Ohio


2:10 – 2:25 pm            Break


2:30 – 2:50 pm            David Klinge - Rural Industry, Class, and Community in Nineteenth-Century Southwest Ohio: 33CN428, 33CN430, 33CN433, and 33CN460


2:50 – 3:10 pm            David Stothers – Heckleman: A 2010 Perspective on the Middle Woodland Time Period in North Central Ohio


3:15 – 3:35 pm            Bob Genheimer – Home is where the Wall Trench Is: A Middle Fort Ancient House and Madisonville Pits at Hahn


3:40 – 4:00 pm            Q & A


4:00 pm                       Adjourn


Reichwein Retires from Ohio DNR

Pictured in the photo are Jeff Reichwein (in his “retiring” robe), and from left to right, Joni Manson, Elsie-Immel Blei, Shaune Skinner, Al Tonetti, and Debbie King.On August 26, 2010, OAC member Dr. Jeff Reichwein retired from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Pictured here are Jeff Reichwein (in his “retiring” robe), and from left to right, Joni Manson, Elsie-Immel Blei, Shaune Skinner, Al Tonetti, and Debbie King.
For 25 years, Jeff did an outstanding job as ODNR’s only archaeologist, working in the Division of Mineral Resources Management where he oversaw coal industry compliance with the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act.  We wish Jeff the best and look forward to his continued participation in activities of the OAC.

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