Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History announced that he has named David E. Rotenizer of Hillsville, Va. as site manager of Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville, effective Aug. 3. He replaces Susan Yoho who retired last December.
Rotenizer previously served as a field archaeologist with Paciulli, Simmons & Associates, Ltd., a civil and environmental engineering firm in Leesburg and Fairfax, Va. Prior to that, he managed the development of two new tourism programs in Virginia, as well as working with two downtown revitalization projects and several community development projects. He also was involved with several regional and statewide cultural heritage tourism programs including the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. In addition, he has been involved with the establishment and operation of several historical museums in southwestern Virginia.
Rotenizer has been involved with archaeology for more than 30 years and has nearly 15 years of full-time archaeology and historic preservation experience in Kentucky, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
Rotenizer has a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in Appalachian Heritage Resources from Radford University and has completed additional course work at the University of Kentucky in Appalachian Studies and Anthropology.
“David’s background in archaeological public outreach, historic preservation, tourism and years of study for national tourism certification will serve the Division of Culture and History and Grave Creek Mound well as he moves into his new role. I’m very pleased to have someone with David’s focus and confidence as our new site manager,” said Reid-Smith.
For more information, contact Adam Hodges, director of museums for the Division, at (304) 558-0220, ext. 127.
Operated by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex features one of the largest and most famous burial mounds built by the prehistoric Adena people. A massive undertaking, construction of the mound took place in successive stages from about 250-150 B.C., and required the movement of more than 60,000 tons of earth. Exhibits and displays in the complex’s museum interpret what is known about the lives of these prehistoric people and the construction of the mound. The Archaeological Complex is located at 801 Jefferson Ave., in Moundsville. Contact the museum for information regarding group registration and detailed driving directions. The museum is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Access to the mound closes 30 minutes before the museum.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. Its administrative offices are located at the Culture Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston, which also houses the state archives and state museum. The Culture Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. The agency also operates a network of museums and historic sites across the state. For more information about the Division’s programs, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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