Brandi and a teammate excavate a test pit

Hahn Archaeology Field Intern

Cincinnati Museum Center

Summer 2016

During the summer of 2016, I worked as an Archaeology Field Intern through the Cincinnati Museum Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. I worked under the supervision of Bob Genheimer, the George Rieveschl Curator of Archaeology.

The main goals of the internship were the following:

  1. Contribute to ongoing research through the Cincinnati Museum Center at the Hahn Village Archaeological Site
  2. Work with and engaging community members at an archaeological dig site
  3. Become familiar with artifacts found at Hahn in a lab setting

The Hahn site is a prehistoric middle Fort Ancient site that spans the Anderson and Madisonville phases. The area has a high artifact density, and numerous pit features. Throughout our excavation, we found large quantities of bone, ceramic, shell, flint, charcoal, and fire-cracked rock (especially limestone).

We primarily dug middens, archaeological trash pits, which contained most of the material. While excavating, our team focused on pit features found through magnetometry.

I had the opportunity to work with local community members and share my experiences and enthusiasm with them. In addition to working in the field, I worked in the lab to familiarize myself with the artifacts found at the Hahn site.

Internship Outcomes

artifacts including bone and shell outside a midden
Some of the finds in a midden at Hahn

This project had four primary outcomes:

  1. A presentation on our findings at the Cincinnati Museum Geier Collections Center
  2. The discovery of artifacts and ecofacts such as: Bone, ceramic, shell (including shell hoes), flint, charcoal, and fire-cracked rock (especially limestone)
  3. Special Find: We found an Oneota vessel, which was an unexpected ceramic type for the area. Half of the vessel was found intact.
  4. A featured blog post on the Ohio History Connection's blog
Brandi and a supervisor working on a midden
Excavating a midden at the Hahn site