Area Prehistories

The Kanawha Valley and its Prehistoric People
Bob Maslowski wrote this basic introduction to the cultures, chronology, and lifeways of the valley's prehistoric population. Appropriate for 4th grade and older students. [This page opens in a separate window to better display the illustrations]


Marshall University Archaeological Field School
Enroll during the first summer session to learn the basic techniques of surveying, excavation and recording. This page has contact information. The field school is directed by Dr. Nicholas Freidin of Marshall University. Six hours credit.

Web Sites Featuring West Virginia Archaeology

Arbuckle's Fort: Archaeological Discoveries At A Revolutionary War Fort Excavation In Greenbrier County, WV
Most of this web page was taken down. Click on "Archives" to access some text and a map of the fort as determined by Council members Steve and Kim McBride, Council members.

Fort Edwards: A Colonial Settler's Home And A French And Indian War Fort On The Virginia Frontier
Steve McBride is directing excavation at this site. A well done web site, maintained by the Fort Edwards Foundation of Capon Bridge, West Virginia.

Mason County, WV - An Archaeological Treasure
Information from a survey by Darla Spencer of the Lower Kanawha Valley in Putnam and Mason counties. It features maps and text, with photographs from private collections and collections at the WV Division of Culture and History Collections Management Facility in Moundsville, West Virginia.

Reed Farmstead Web Site, A 19th Century Farm In Hardy County, WV
Excavated by Michael Baker, Jr., Inc., for the Corridor H highway project, the web site won a Federal Highway Administration award for environmental excellence in 2001.

Reed Farmstead Kids' Page
For the Reed Farmstead web site, includes a Flash animation that shows the discovery process

East Steubenville Site, A Panhandle Archaic site in the Upper Ohio Valley
Excavated by GAI, Inc., for the WV Division of Highways.

Grave Creek Mound, Moundsville, WV
Includes a brief description of the Woodland period, mounds, and mortuary practices

Prickett's Fort
Reconstruction of a 1774 fort located near Clarksburg.

WV Archaeology Index
One-screen descriptions of the various periods of local prehistory, and a glossary of archaeological terms. By the WV Division of Culture and History

Mounds & Mound Builders
Compiled by the WV State Archives

History Of Native Americans In West Virginia
Actually, prehistory. Compiled by the WV State Archives, this material has no identified author. Some of the information is dated and suspect

Settlement Of West Virginia
Also compiled by the WV State Archives with no identified author. Some of the details may be suspect.

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