The West Virginia University Native American Studies Program, the West Virginia Humanities Council, and Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex invite the public to a free, all-day symposium Saturday, June 8. The event will highlight research by scientists whose work ranges from 17th century pottery found at Kanawha River Valley villages, to the archeological interpretation of Revolutionary War-era forts in West Virginia and remote sensing tools used to research the region’s earthen mounds.
The symposium, “Then and Now: Archaeology, History, and Preservation in the Mountain State Region,” will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grave Creek Mound auditorium, 801 Jefferson Ave., Moundsville, W. Va.
“There are so many intriguing aspects of today’s archaeology that we’re delighted to host this symposium highlighting some of that research,” said David Rotenizer, site manager at Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex. “The program promises to be informative and engaging for professionals and scholars as well as those who may simply have an interest in learning about modern archaeology and the history it can yield.”
Rebecca J. Morehouse, curator of state collections at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, will deliver the symposium keynote address “Life Beyond the Field: Research, Conservation, and Curation at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory.”
Five other scholars will give panel presentations:
Jarrod Burks, of Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc., “Ohio Valley Native American Earthwork Sites and New Discoveries through Remote Sensing;”
Darla Spencer, of Cultural Resource Analysts, Hurricane, W.Va., “Evidence for Siouan-Speaking Groups in Southern West Virginia;”
Pamela McClung-Casto, Fairmont State University education specialist with NASA’s Independent Verification and Validation Education Resource Center, “Kern’s Fort 1772-2013;”
Kim A. McBride, Kentucky Archaeological Survey, “Militia and Settler Forts: Crucial Components of late 18th century Euro-American Settlement of West Virginia;”
Ywone Edwards-Ingram, staff archaeologist/coordinator of African American Archaeology, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, “Archaeology and the Cultural Heritage of African Americans in Virginia.”
A complimentary luncheon and welcome packet are available to guests who register online by June 3 at http://nas.wvu.edu or by phone at: 304-293-4626. Onsite registration is available to all others on the day of the event.
The Grave Creek symposium culminates a weeklong volunteer service effort involving 15 participants and organized by WVU’s Native American Studies Program. From June 2-9 Grave Creek curators will supervise volunteers who will clean, number, and package artifacts (such as stone tools, pottery sherds, arrowheads, and spear points) for storage in new archival quality containers.
The team of volunteers also will help host an evening film series June 4-6 at the GCMAC auditorium. Films start at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public. More details on the film series appear on the WVU Native American Studies Facebook page.
A $17,000 grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council is funding the week’s activities, along with support from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and West Virginia University’s Native American Studies Program and Cultural Resource Management History Program”:http://history.wvu.edu/graduate/public-history-and-crm-program.