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The West Virginia Archeological Society (WVAS) was organized in 1948 as a result of the emergency excavation of Natrium Mound in Marshall County, which was subsequently destroyed by industrial development. The Society was chartered in January 1949, especially due to efforts of Delf Norona, Oscar Mairs, and Elmer Fetzer.

Other founders were Robert Athey, William Athey, Joseph Essington, and Ralph Solecki. Important early members included Charles Lally, Father Clifford Lewis, Glade Little, Sigfus Olafson, and Clarence Paxton.

The Society publishes the West Virginia Archeologist and holds an annual meeting that presents the results of recent work in the state, and the opportunity to mix with other members and attendees. The West Virginia Archeologist has been in publication since 1949. Many of the older issues are out of print, but are available as PDFS. Most of the issues from Number 30 and later are available as print copies and PDFs. If you have a question about the availability of a back issue, please contact us.

Aims of the Society
Members of the West Virginia Archeological Society shall endeavor to prevent the destruction of archaeological sites, both historic and prehistoric. If and when excavation is necessary, this should be done under proper supervision and in keeping with the highest standards of archaeological fieldwork. Members of the Society shall discourage promiscuous collecting of artifacts (either Indian or historic relics). The collecting of artifacts shall be considered solely incidental to and as an aid in the study of and dissemination of information concerning West Virginia Archaeology.

Membership
We cordially invite you to join the Society and help us preserve and increase our knowledge of West Virginia archeology. Members receive two issues of West Virginia Archeologist per year as well as newsletters. To join, contact the Secretary/Treasurer.

Email List
WVArch is an email discussion group addressing archaeology in West Virginia. The targeted core group is the membership of the West Virginia Archaeological Society, the Council for West Virginia Archaeology, serious amateurs who are not Society members, and the general public. Click here to visit the site.


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1952 Volume 05 PDF only
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 Archeology and the Amateur/ Petroglyphs on the Guyandot River (Sigfus Olafson)/ Discovery of the Guyandot River Petroglyphs/ Two Hopewell Sherds from Beech Bottom, West Virginia (Wm. J. Mayer-Oakes)/ Facsimile Reproduction of Squier and Davis's Account of the Guyandot Picture Rocks/ Artifacts from an Obliterated Site (Cb-10) in Huntington (S.F. Durrett)/ Fort Ancient (?) art in Cabell and Mason Counties (Adams and Durrett)
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1969 Volume 22 PDF only
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 Table of Contents/ Mastodon and Paleo-Indian in West Virginia (John E. Guilday and David S. Berman)/ Excavation of the Young Mound and Identification of Other Mounds in Dunbar, West Virginia (Hillis J. Youse)/ Editor's Notes: Canfield Collection (Bettye Broyles)
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Secrets of the Valley DVD
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 Secrets of the Valley: Prehistory of the Kanawha is based on the archaeological research conducted for the Marmet Lock Replacement Project in Belle, West Virginia, by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The research constituted the most extensive professional excavation in the history of the Kanawha Valley. The video was created by the award-winning team that produced Red Salt and Reynolds andGhosts of Green Bottom,both of which deal with the historical archaeology of the Kanawha Valley.Produced by the Paradise Film Institute at West Virginia State University and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Written by Erica Celeste and narrated by Morgan Spurlock. Music by Chuck Biel and Rick Rivard. 28 minutes
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