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Workshops/Lectures

An Introduction to the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex
October 1, 2013


On October 1, 2013, David E. Rotenizer will present “An Introduction to the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex: A West Virginia Historic Site, Museum and Research Center” at the Tuesday evening lecture in the Archives and History Library in the Culture Center in Charleston. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The Grave Creek Mound in Moundsville is one of the largest earthen burial mounds constructed by the Adena cultural tradition between 250 and 150 B.C. The seven-acre tract has been owned by the State of West Virginia since 1909 and hosts the Delf Norona Museum and the West Virginia Archaeological Research and Collections Management facility. The presentation will provide an overview of the facility and its operations.

Rotenizer has been the site manager for the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex since 2009. He serves as West Virginia editor of the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology Newsletter and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Cockayne Farmstead, a project of the Marshall County Historical Society.

David Rotenizer has been involved in archaeology and historic preservation since 1979 with participation in more than 250 professional projects in nine states with supervisory experience in laboratory, archival and field settings. Past experiences include the successful launching of two tourism programs and an environmental education program in Virginia. He served 15 months with AmeriCorps*VISTA in Carroll County, Virginia, helping to develop community economic capacity. Rotenizer also participated in a long-term ethnographic field study in eastern Kentucky that included oral history and architectural documentation. From 1985 to 1987 he directed a site survey recording program in southwest Virginia that resulted in the documentation of more than 500 previously unrecorded archaeological site locations. He also coordinated Virginia Archaeology Month activities in southwest Virginia, 1997-2003. He is a long-time member of the Archeological Society of Virginia, organized the New River Valley and Blue Ridge Plateau chapters, currently serves on the Board of Directors, and is coordinator of the recently established Social Media Subcommittee and maintains a Facebook Page for the organization.

Rotenizer completed coursework at the University of Kentucky in anthropology and Appalachian Studies, and holds a Bachelor of General Studies from Radford University with a concentration in Appalachian Heritage Resources. He is a member of Lambda Alpha, national anthropology honors society. He was recognized for his preservation efforts with a statewide award by the Preservation Alliance of Virginia in 2002. He has an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army Reserve for 18 years of service. His hometown is Blacksburg, Virginia.

On October 1, the library will close at 5 p.m. and reopen at 5:45 p.m. for participants only. For planning purposes, participants are encouraged to register for the lecture, but advance registration is not required to attend. To register in advance, contact Robert Taylor, library manager, by e-mail or at (304) 558-0230, ext. 163. Participants interested in registering by e-mail should send their name, telephone number and the name and date of the session. For additional information, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.


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