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Ohio Historical Society Archaeology

Ohio Historical Society (OHS) staff are working with Ohio's strong and committed archaeological community to increase awareness, train educators and preserve and interpret Ohio's rich ancient past, at the Center in Columbus, at historic sites around the state and through publications and educational programs.

Bradley T. Lepper  |  Martha Otto  |  Linda Pansing  |  William H. Pickard  |  Archaeologists at the Ohio Historic Preservation Office

Bradley T. Lepper

Curator of Archaeology

Dr. Lepper earned his B.A. degree from the University of New Mexico and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Ohio State University. His primary areas of interest include the Ice Age peoples of North America, Ohio's magnificent mounds and earthworks, and the history of North American archaeology. Dr. Lepper has written extensively on these subjects for both technical journals and magazines intended for a general audience. He is the author of the book, Ohio Archaeology: an illustrated chronicle of Ohio's ancient American Indian cultures, published in 2005 by Orange Frazer Press. He also writes a bi-weekly column on archaeology for the Columbus Dispatch.

Especially noteworthy research includes the excavation of the Burning Tree mastodon in December of 1989 (named one of the top 50 science discoveries of 1990 by Discover magazine in their January 1991 issue) and the discovery of the Great Hopewell Road, first reported in 1995 (see Archaeology magazine, November/December 1995). Dr. Lepper's research on the Great Hopewell Road was featured in the public television documentary Searching for the Great Hopewell Road first broadcast in April of 1998.

Dr. Lepper was born and raised in northeastern Ohio, and now lives in Newark, in the vicinity of the extensive ancient earthworks of that region, with his wife Karen, two children, two dogs, and four cats.

Bradley T. Lepper

Dr. Lepper is an occasional visiting professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Denison University in Granville.

Linda Pansing

Curator of Archaeology

As Curator Linda Pansing is responsible for the creation and upkeep of department databases and records, performs cataloging and other collection care and research duties. In the course of her work she has had the opportunity to conduct investigations at several Society holdings including Pickawillany; Fort Ancient; U.S. Grant Boyhood Home, School House and Birthplace; John Rankin House; Miamisburg Mound; Fort Meigs; Flint Ridge; Newark Earthworks; Leo Petroglyph; Harrison Tomb; Quaker Meeting House; Zoar; Paul Laurence Dunbar House; and the Ohio River Museum.

Linda is an avid scuba diver and has managed to mesh her passion for archaeology with diving right here in Ohio. She is a founding member, and present board member of the Maritime Archaeological Survey Team (MAST), a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the documentation of Ohio's underwater cultural resources, otherwise known as shipwrecks. Efforts of MAST have resulted in the instruction of hundreds of scuba divers from Ohio, surrounding states and Canada on underwater survey techniques; Ohio, national and international shipwreck law, research and report writing. The outcomes have been the listing of shipwrecks as Ohio archaeological sites with the State Historic Preservation Office, project reports, and Ohio's first underwater dive slates (maps) of shipwrecks.

In addition to MAST, Linda's other memberships include the American Anthropological Association, Association for Great Lakes History, Midwest Archaeological Conference, National Speleological Society, Ohio Archaeological Council, Ohio Council of Skin and Scuba Divers, Save Ontario Shipwrecks, Society of American Anthropologists, Society for Historical Archaeology and several Ohio dive clubs.

She was born and raised in Marion County, just north of Waldo, Ohio. She presently resides in Delaware with her husband Scott, Dee Dee the dog, and Zoƫ the cat.

Linda Pansing

Having received her BA in Anthropology from Ohio State University, Linda is presently working toward her Masters in Museum Studies.

Archaeologists at the Ohio Historic Preservation Office

The Society also has a number of archaeologists at the Ohio Historic Preservation Office who are involved in archaeological programs throughout the state.

We also appreciate the hard work of the interns and volunteers who have spent hundreds of hours of their time working on projects both in the lab and out in the field. For information on volunteer opportunities, click here.