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Then and Now:
Archaeology, History, and Preservation
in the Mountain State Region

A free public symposium

WHERE: Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex
801 Jefferson Avenue, Moundsville, West Virginia 26041

WHEN: Saturday, June 8, 2013, 9 am to 4 pm

RSVP by June 3 to reserve your complimentary buffet lunch & welcome packet
...a link to the online registration form appears at the upper left of this screen…
(on-site symposium registration available June 8, space permitting)

Visit the stunning Grave Creek Mound and hear six distinguished scholars discuss their fascinating research findings:

  • What can archaeology tell about the daily life of colonial Virginia’s African slaves?
  • Will remote sensing technology unlock the history of Ohio’s ancient earthworks?
  • How is NASA detailing the story of a Morgantown, West Virginia settler fort?
  • Did Siouan-speaking Natives make pottery found at 17th century Kanawha River villages?
  • What’s behind the scenes at Maryland’s state-of-the-art artifact conservation lab?
  • What’s being unearthed at our region’s Revolutionary War forts?

Keynote Presenter:

  • Rebecca Morehouse, Curator of State Collections, Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory
  • Panelists: Jarrod Burks, Pam Casto, Ywone Edwards-Ingram, Kim McBride, & Darla Spencer


  • The West Virginia Humanities Council
  • West Virginia University’s Native American Studies Program
  • Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex, West Virginia Division of Culture and History
  • West Virginia University’s Public History/Cultural Resource Management Program

This project is being presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.


June 4-8, 2013

The public is invited to attend a free evening film series at Grave Creek Mound auditorium, 801 Jefferson Avenue in Moundsville, WV. Showtime is 7:00 p.m. nightly.

Tuesday, June 4
“Carolina Stories: Finding Clovis”
This film takes viewers on an archeological adventure at the Topper dig site in Allendale County, South Carolina. Famous for Clovis and pre-Clovis artifacts there is recent evidence that may support the theory that a comet suddenly wiped out the Clovis culture 13,000 years ago. The Topper dig annually attracts scientists, students, volunteers, and observers. As part of the film, world-renowned scientists such as Allen West, Dennis Stanford from The Smithsonian, David Anderson, Scott Jones, and Al Goodyear from the University of South Carolina will offer their opinions about these significant first Americans—where they came from, how they lived, and what may have been their fate.”

Wednesday, June 5
“Secrets of the Valley,”
Produced by an award-winning documentary team, including students from West Virginia
State University, the film explores the story of Paleo-Indians who inhabited the Kanawha
Valley for more than 12,500 years. Clues to their existence come from the West Virginia soil
stretching from Gauley Bridge to Point Pleasant. The film discusses the historic St. Albans site
and Charleston’s Criel Mound among others.’

  • and “Ancient Fire at Cliff Palace Pond”
    This film documents how two sciences, archaeology and paleoecology, came together in
    a research project that confirmed archaeologists’ ideas about the changing land use
    patterns of the First Americans along the western edge of the Appalachian Mountains.
    Archaeologist Cecil Ison takes viewers to a spectacular site on the Daniel Boone National
    Forest where soil core studies show how American Indians used fire to manage the
    environment for over 3,000 years. This understanding of ancient practices will help guide
    forest management for the future.”

Thursday, June 6,
“Historic Archaeology: Beneath Kentucky’s Fields & Streets”
The documentary highlights a number of historical archaeological sites found across the Commonwealth including Mammoth Cave, Ashland, Shaker Village, Camp Nelson, the Covington Riverfront and several other locations. The video covers the Frontier
Period (1770s-1820s), the Antebellum Period (1820s-1860s), the Civil War Period (1861-1865), and the Industrialization Period (1860s-1910), and combines archaeologist interviews with archival images, artifacts, and 3-D animation.”

The film series is held in conjunction with a weeklong volunteer service project and June 8th archaeology symposium organized by West Virginia University’s Native American Studies Program and funded by the West Virginia Humanities Council and Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex, West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

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