Hahn Archaeology Field Intern
Cincinnati Museum Center
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:
- Contribute to ongoing research through the Cincinnati Museum Center at the Hahn Village Archaeological Site
- Work with and engaging community members at an archaeological dig site
- 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.
This project had four primary outcomes:
- A presentation on our findings at the Cincinnati Museum Geier Collections Center
- The discovery of artifacts and ecofacts such as: Bone, ceramic, shell (including shell hoes), flint, charcoal, and fire-cracked rock (especially limestone)
- Special Find: We found an Oneota vessel, which was an unexpected ceramic type for the area. Half of the vessel was found intact.
- A featured blog post on the Ohio History Connection's blog