Kevin Schwarz had the opportunity to highlight some of ASC’s archaeological research at the Columbus Southerly Wastewater Treatment Plant in a Symposium at the virtual conference of the Society of American Archaeology on Saturday, April 17, 2021. His paper focused on refining the Woodland period cultural chronology in the Scioto Valley, where so much of ASC’s work has taken place.
This is the period of the mound-builders, the Adena and Hopewell, who lived in this region during the Early and Middle Woodland periods (800 BC-AD 500). The research also discusses the period of the first prehistoric proto-villages (ca. AD 250-AD 550), just before the Newtown phase of the Late Woodland period (AD 500-AD 900).
Kevin’s presentation looked at the radiocarbon dates that ASC and other firms have collected over the years from Columbus Southerly and compared them to dates from regionally important sites, including dates collected by academic researchers. ASC is proud to be able to contribute to our understanding of Ohio’s prehistoric past.
The presentation was recorded and is visible to attendees of the conference, and a cached version of the video presentation is available for the public to view here: