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Landing page B photos Archaeology Month
Following in Ancient Footsteps
Opens Oct. 15


Intrigued by archaeology? The Ohio History Center's new archaeology exhibit, Following in Ancient Footsteps, opens Saturday, Oct. 15, with a day of special programs saluting October as Ohio Archaeology Month.

In Following in Ancient Footsteps, you'll find famous artifacts like the Adena effigy pipe and some you've probably never seen before, plus a reproduction of a huge map depicting Ohio's archaeological heritage last exhibited at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia and virtual re-creations of Ohio's monumental earthworks by the University of Cincinnati's Center for the Electronic Recreation of Historical and Archaeological Sites.

Be among the first to see Following in Ancient Footsteps, and enjoy the following programs about recent archaeology work at Ohio Historical Society sites, all free with Ohio History Center museum admission on Saturday, Oct. 15:

10:30 a.m.
The Moorehead Circle at Fort Ancient: Preliminary Results of the 2011 Wright State University Field School Excavations.
What are the latest discoveries at the Moorehead Circle, a Hopewell ceremonial feature at the Fort Ancient Earthworks? Could they change the way we look at prehistoric architecture?

11:30 a.m.
Excavations at Serpent Mound State Memorial.
In 2011, the Ohio Historical Society contracted ASC Group to conduct archaeological investigations in preparation for planned improvements at Serpent Mound State Memorial. What they found was quite interesting indeed!

1:30 p.m.
In Search of Fort Recovery.
This summer's Ball State University field school concentrated on searching for evidence of Fort Recovery-related activities as part of a National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program grant. What were the results? Come and find out!

2:30 p.m.
Results of the 2011 Fieldwork at Pickawillany.
Pickawillany, a 1750s Miami Indian village and English trading post in Miami County, is the site of the first historically recorded conflict in what would become Ohio. What did Hocking College students discover this year?

For More Information
The Ohio History Center is at I-71 & 17th Avenue (Exit 111) in Columbus. For hours and admission, visit ohiohistory.org or call 800.686.6124. Questions about the Oct. 15 Ohio Archaeology Month programs? Call 614.298.2061 or e-mail lpansing@ohiohistory.org.

Ohio Archaeology Month is an annual event coordinated by the Ohio Archaeological Council.

Keep up to date on Ohio Historical Society archaeological activities through staff posts on our archaeology blog at ohio-archaeology.blogspot.com.

Photo of Dr. Robert Riordan of Wright State University examining limestone pavers and features found during excavations at Fort Ancient. Photo of David Lamp from ASC Group, screening for artifacts during investigations at Serpent Mound done in preparation for restroom renovations there. Photo of a large broad-headed wrought nail found during excavations by Ball State University at Fort Recovery. Photo of Feature 10 at Pickawillany, excavated by Hocking College students, which yielded some exciting finds.
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