Recent Research in West Virginia
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WV Archeological Society Annual Meetings Abstracts
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Contact and Protohistoric Sites

Under Construction
Material provided by Robert F. Maslowski, Archeologist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (retired)
Drainage: All of West Virginia

Rare photographs
Date of work: Various - mid-1990s

Cultural Affiliation Statement: New River Gorge National River and Gauley River National Recreation Area

PI: Robert F. Maslowski
For: National Park Service
Fayette County, and upstream
Watershed: Gauley, North New River
Type of work: research paper
Date of work: 2011

Archeology of the Great Kanawha Navigation

Robert F. Maslowski, Archeologist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (retired)
Drainage: Ohio and Kanawha

General overview paper
Date of work: July 2003

Romney Bridge Replacement, US 50 over the South Branch of the Potomac

PI: Jonathan Lothrop, GAI Consultants
For: WV Division of Highways
Hampshire County, Romney Distr.
Watershed: South Br. of the Potomac
Site identification study
Date of work: August 2003

Eight Feet Under: A Site Identification Study on the South Branch of the Potomac
Shovel testing on both banks for a bridge relocation and approach road. Testing on T1 on east bank relocated site 46 HM 63: showed flood disturbed lithics and ceramics in a thick near-surface layer of alluvium. Geomorphological trenching at the same location encountered an Archaic hearth 2.4m below surface in good context (buried A horizon). 14C date of 3550 ±80 (Beta-182329; charred material; 13C = -25.0 o/oo [est]). Will return for NR evaluation.

Recent vandalism at the Salt Rock Petroglyphs and "Prom Queen" Figure
Cabell County

Watershed: South Ohio, Guyandotte River
Incident report
Date of incident: 2005

There are probably few more significant petroglyphs in the East than Salt Rock. Vandalism was minimal to non-existant over the last 600 to 800 years, but someone finally got to it.