News from OAC

Fall 2018 OAC Membership Meeting, October 19th, Blacklick Woods Metropark

Below is a schedule of events and presentations for the upcoming OAC Fall Meeting. 

To download the schedule and abstracts Click Here

       Fall 2018 OAC Membership Meeting, October 19th, Blacklick Woods Metropark  
Time Presenter Affiliation Title Coauthors
 9:30 N/A  N/A     
 10:00 Brian Redmond  Cleveland Museum of Natural History  Recent Investigation of a Hopewell wooden post circle and ceremonial precinct at the Heckelman site, Erie Co., Ohio  
10:20 Jonathan Bowen Mound City Chapter, ASO Overview of Late Archaic through Late Woodland Artifacts in Pickaway County, Ohio  
10:40 Christine Thompson AAL, Ball State University Fort Recovery Story Map and Battlefield Tour Connor McCoy and Kevin Nolan
11:00  Break  Break   Break  
11:20   Glen Boatman Sandusky Bay ASO 30 years of Contributions of the Sandusky Bay ASO to the Archaeology of North Central Ohio  
11:40 Glen Boatman Sandusky Bay ASO 30 years of Contributions of the Sandusky Bay ASO to the Archaeology of North Central Ohio  
12:00 N/A N/A Lunch on your own  
12:20 N/A N/A Lunch on your own  
12:40 OAC N/A Business Meeting  
1:00 OAC N/A Business Meeting  
1:20 OAC N/A Business Meeting  
1:40 Al Tonetti OAC Unmarked Human Burial Places Legislation Update  
2:00 Al Tonetti OAC Unmarked Human Burial Places Legislation Update  
2:20 Break Break Break  
 2:40 Jason Watkins  ODOT   The 50+ Year Bridge Project: Educational Silver Linings in an Otherwise Challenging Project  
3:00 John Schweikart Center for Life Sciences Education, OSU Lost and Nearly Forgotten: Searching for an elusive 19th century Black school and exploring the City of Upper Arlington's surprising connection to the African Diaspora and Columbus, Ohio’s early Black Community  
3:20   Adjourn      

Call for Papers - Fall OAC Meeting

Dear OAC Member,

The Fall OAC meeting is October 19th at Blacklick Metro Park again.  Once again, we need presentations for the program.  Topic of papers is open.  I need 5-8 more presentations.  I would encourage presentations by any students or interns you may have working on projects with or for you.  I am also interested in seeing presentations about CRM projects in the state.

I would also like to encourage everyone to submit contributions to the Current Archaeology section and to send in your contributions for the Journal of Ohio Archaeology.  These are great and underutilized tools for staying up-to-date on current happenings in Ohio (and surrounding areas) archaeology.Presentation are in 20 minute slots.




Applications for 2018-2019 History Fund Grants Now Available

The Ohio History Connection Local History Office recently announced that the application for 2018-2019 round of History Fund grants is now available.

To apply, visit the Ohio History Fund website and click on "History Fund Application." Applications are due September 5, 2018 by 11:59 p.m.

Historic Preservation projects can include, but are not limited to, public programs and training, archaeology and architectural/historical surveys, archaeological field work, nominations of properties to the National Register of Historic Places, preparation of historic preservation plans or feasibility studies, preservation-related mobile or online applications, walking tours, and events. Bricks and Mortar projects include rehabilitation, restoration, protection, or acquisition of historic properties and archaeological sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places or designated by local ordinance.

2018-2019 Ohio History Fund Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

Are you an Ohio-based non-profit organization or public authority looking for up to $15,000 for an archaeology project in your community? If you are, apply for an Ohio History Fund grant application. 

Applications for 2018-2019 are being accepted through September 5, 2018. For further information see

Since 2012, when the History Fund started, it has made a total of $598,000 in grants to 63 organizations in a third of Ohio's 88 counties. The History Fund has received 298 grant applications, totaling just more than $3.6 million in requests.

Fall 2018 OAC Meeting Date and Venue Set

Mark your calendars! 

The Fall OAC Meeting will be held on Friday, October 19 in the Blacklick Woods Golf Course banquet room.

Click Here for MetroPark information.

Further details will be posted.


Council Awards 2018 Field School Scholarship to Youngstown State University Student

Meet this year’s field school scholarship awardee, Caroline Constantinovich. Caroline is a junior undergraduate at Youngstown State University majoring in Anthropology and Information Technology. She is a participant in IRLab’s Ohio Bioarchaeology Field School operating in Pickaway County, Ohio just south of Columbus. The Ohio Archaeological Council awarded Caroline a $750 scholarship.

Unsure of what to major in, Caroline credits her first anthropology class with the realization that she could combine everything she was passionate about – human history, anatomy, and culture – all into one career. After graduation, she plans to work in cultural resource management, and explore the US at the same time. She then plans to go to graduate school to get her PhD specializing in bioarchaeology. Her interests in bioarchaeology include forensic anthropology and child osteology.

The Ohio bioarchaeology program is the first of two field schools for Caroline this summer. Next up, she goes to Europe to excavate infant remains at Astypalaia, Greece.

Congratulations Caroline!