News from OAC

OAC 2015 Student Paper Competition Winner Announced

The Ohio Archaeological Council is pleased to announce this year’s winner of the 2015 Student Paper Competition as decided by the Education Committee and approved by the Board.

J Snider photoJoseph E. B. Snider, a third year anthropology student at The Ohio State University, submitted his paper titled Identifying and Interpreting Documentary and Physical Evidence of Household Succession at the Randolph Mitchell House in New Reading, Perry County, Ohio. Our members agreed that it is solid preliminary research for use toward future archaeological investigation.
As our 2015 Student Paper Award winner, Mr. Snider is invited to present at our fall meeting at the Ohio History Center where he will be introduced as a 2-year associate OAC member and presented with a collection of all available OAC publications.

Congratulations on winning the OAC’s 2015 Student Paper Award, Jeb!


Joseph E.B Snider, archaeologist and researcher at the Randolph Mitchell House Rediscovery Project, grew up in Somerset, Ohio, graduated with an AAS in archaeology from Hocking College in 2013 and is currently pursuing a BS in the same field at the Ohio State University. He spent last summer excavating at Monticello as a student in the University of Virginia’s archaeological field school program and is currently employed by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation’s Archaeology Department as an archaeological field assistant. At present he resides in Charlottesville, Virginia, but will always call Ohio home. He has spent the last year conducting independent research at the Randolph Mitchell House in New Reading, Perry County, Ohio.

New OAC Brochure

A new edition of the OAC informational brochure has now been produced.  Feel free to use and distribute to collegues, students, or other potential members.

Download the new OAC Brochure

OHC Seeking Curation Assistant

The Ohio History Connection is seeking a Curation Assistant in its Museum & Library Services Division on a one year contract with the possibility of extension.
This position assists Archaeology Staff with various field work projects at Ohio History Connection sites. Examples of responsibilities include:
• Conducting Phase I-III archaeological field work at Ohio History Connection sites.
• Performing artifact processing and cataloging.
• Contributing to the preparation of technical reports of the results of Phase I-III archaeological investigations.
Applicants should possess a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology/Archaeology, although a Master's degree would be preferred, and have field and lab work experience in a CRM setting and excellent writing skills.

Thorough knowledge of archaeological field methods, knowledge of and experience with artifact identification, intermediate mathematical skills, computer skills, proficiency with MS Word, Excel and Access are desired.

In-State, overnight travel will be necessary.

For more information or to complete an online application go to: Or contact the Ohio History Connection Human Resource Office at:

800 E. 17th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211-2497
Fax: 614.297.2293
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Ohio History Connection is an equal opportunity employer. The Ohio History Connection does not discriminate in its employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, and veteran status, or on any other basis that would be in violation of any applicable federal, state or local law.

Ohio Call–Before-You-Dig Enforcement Rules Available For Comment

On May 6, 2015, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) published and requested comments on draft rules enforcing Ohio's call-before-you-dig (CBYD) law, and associated Business Impact Analysis (BIA). The draft rules and BIA can be found at the PUCO's website under Documents and Rules, Entries and Orders, May 6, Case No. 15-282-AU-ORD, or by searching for the Case No. Electronically filed comments are due June1; hard copy comments due June 30.

All archaeologists excavating (penetrating the ground with any hand or power tool to any depth for any reason) in Ohio must comply with the CBYD law. Legal enforcement of the law begins January 1, 2016.

If your private or non-profit business conducts excavations in Ohio, you are urged to review the draft rules and the BIA.

New Volume On Prehistoric Architecture Published

Book coverA new volume titled "Building the Past, Prehistoric Wooden Post Architecture in the Ohio Valley-Great Lakes," presents new and previously unpublished studies of precontact architecture in the Ohio region.   Most of the chapters in this new book are derived from a 2012 symposium sponsored by the Ohio Archaeological Council.  Eleven chapters discuss archaeological remnants of wooden post constructions dating from the Late Archaic through Late Prehistoric periods in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Ontario.  The book is published by the University Press of Florida.


List of Chapter Titles and Authors

Chapter One: Building the Past, An Introduction--Brian G. Redmond

Chapter Two: Dwelling on the Past: Late Archaic Structures of the Ohio River Region--Matthew P. Purtill

Chapter Three: For Immediate Occupancy: Cozy 3000 Year Old Heritage Winter House with River View Near Lake Huron: Apply to Terminal Archaic Realty--Christopher J. Ellis, James R. Keron, John Menzies, Stephen G. Monckton, Andrew Stewart

Chapter Four: The Ecology of Indigenous Domestic Architecture in the Hocking River Valley, Ohio--Elliot M. Abrams and Paul E. Patton

Chapter Five: The Several Uses of Wooden Posts During the Hopewell Era--Nomi Greber

Chapter Six: The End--Robert V. Riordan

Chapter Seven: Living Large on the Bottom: A Structural Engineering Analysis of Three Ohio Hopewell Structures from Brown's Bottom, Ross Co., Ohio--Noah Kanter, Paul J. Pacheco, Renato Perucchio, and Jarrod Burks

Chapter Eight: Changes in Pre-Contact Domestic Architecture at the Heckelman Site in Northern Ohio--Brian G. Redmond and Brian L. Scanlan

Chapter Nine: Wall Trench Structures in Fort Ancient Villages of Southwest Ohio and Southeast Indiana: Temporal and Formal Considerations--Robert A. Cook and Robert A. Genheimer

Chapter Ten: Building Community on the White River in Central Indiana: Structures as Reflective of Societal Change at the Late Prehistoric Castor Farm Site--Robert G. McCullough

Chapter Eleven: Fort Ancient Public Structures--David Pollack and Gwynn Henderson

Chapter Twelve: A Framework for Interpreting Structures--William Kennedy and Geoff Carter

OAC Spring Meeting Announcement

The Spring meeting of the OAC will be held on Friday May 1, 2015

Time: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Location: Sharon Woods Metro Park Spring Hollow Lodge – NE side of Columbus.


Spring Meeting Agenda and Abstracts

OAC Business Meeting Agenda