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Hahn Archaeology Field Intern

Digging at the Hahn Archaeological SiteDuring the summer of 2016, I had the opportunity to work 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 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 lab, I had the opportunity to work in the lab to familiarize myself with the artifacts found at the Hahn site. I concluded my internship with the Cincinnati Museum Center with a presentation on our findings at the Geier Collections Center.

Project Goals: 1-Contributing to ongoing research through the Cincinnati Museum Center at the Hahn Archaeological Site, 2-Working with and engaging community members at an archaeological dig site, 3-Becoming familiar with Hahn artifacts in a lab setting
Project Outcomes
Ted and Brandi digging onsite
Digging pit features at the Hahn site

Types of Artifacts and Ecofacts Found:
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.

Read my Featured Blog Post on the Hahn Site

Natalie and Brandi digging onsite
Tandem trash pitting at the Hahn site
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