Karen Leone Presented Poverty Point Site at SEAC

Our very own, Karen Leone, was co-author and co-presenter at the Southeastern Archaeological Conference on the latest botanical and faunal research done at the Poverty Point site. Karen’s focus was the botanical research, Jim Delahoussaye did the faunal research, and Diana Greenlee, Poverty Point’s Station Archaeologist, was the presenter. Today, Poverty Point is a U.S. National Monument and World Heritage Site. The Late Archaic people who built and occupied Poverty Point were hunter-fisher-gatherers in one of the most interesting, and for many years puzzling, facts about the site. It posed an explanatory problem (i.e., that hunter-gatherers, not agriculturalists, were responsible for the monuments and the abundant nonlocal stone) for archaeologists. Even though the nonagricultural status of Poverty Point subsistence is widely accepted, many questions remain. In this paper, we integrate analyses of faunal and botanical remains to summarize what is known and not known and we suggest research priorities for improving our understanding of Poverty Point subsistence.





Archaeology Experiments in Cincinnati

When not in the field, archaeologists conduct some pretty interesting experiments. Karen Leone, our paleoethnobotanist, recently burned buffalo chips and cow pies in the courtyard of our Cincinnati office.

She wanted to compare burned remains to charred material found in botanical samples from sites in North Dakota. The samples have very little wood and just tiny bits of grass stems, grass seeds, and shrubby twigs. The working theory is that people were burning buffalo chips for fuel due to a general lack of trees in the Great Plains. To test the theory, Karen burned buffalo chips and cow pies found in and around the site. If the theory is accurate, the burnt material from the experiment should be similar to what was found in the field.

Gray & Pape Attends SGA Conference

Gray & Pape staff are in Baltimore attending the Southern Gas Association’s Environmental, Safety & Health Conference. Kevin Pape, Cinder Miller, and Jim Hughey take a minute between sessions to pose for the picture in our booth.

Rabbit Hash General Store Update

Join us Monday, May 16 for an update on the rehabilitation plan for the Rabbit Hash General Store. The event is free and open to everyone, but space is limited so please register.

Rabbit Hash Public Meeting Registration

Resorting History in Rabbit Hash

Our neighbors in Rabbit Hash suffered a terrible loss on February 13 when the General Store, built in 1831 and the center of the community, was destroyed in a fire. As a member of the community, Gray & Pape is dedicated to helping the community restore this National Register-listed property.

First, firm historians and archaeologists must document what remains of the structure and then develop a rehabilitation plan that will allow the store it retain its National Register of Historical Places listing. Thanks to Berding Surveying of Milford who graciously offered to provide 3D laser scanning of the store. The 3D scan will provide detailed measurements from which Architectural Group International of Covington will prepare architectural drawings. Thanks to both of these great companies for being part of the team. 


Gray & Pape Appoints New GIS/EM Director

Donald Handshoe was recently appointed GIS/Electronic Media Director. Since joining the firm in 2013 he has provided remote sensing and GIS services for the firm. Congratulations Donald!

Cincinnati Digs!

This Saturday, October 3, John Picklesimer, Senior Principal Investigator of archaeology at Gray & Pape, will discuss his field experiences as part of Cincinnati Digs!  This free, family-friendly event is held in conjunction with the Grand Opening of the Cincinnati Digs!new Antiquities exhibit. This exciting reinstallation and re-imagination of the ancient world allows visitors to “start at the beginning” of art history with Egyptian, Greek, and Roman objects that are organized thematically for the first time. With activities and presentations about related to archaeology.

Cincinnati Digs! will begin at noon with activities,  artifacts, and presentations from archaeologists about their field experiences. This event is sponsored by University of Cincinnati Departments of Classics and Anthropology, Cincinnati Art Museum and AIA: Cincinnati Society.

Marine Archaeology in the News

Our sister firm, HRA Gray & Pape, is involved in the Port of Galveston’s expansion. This article from Popular Mechanics  discusses how the possible discovery of the 1830s Republic of Texas war vessel Zavala might impact the project.

Welcome to the team!

Danielle Goetz
Danielle Goetz
Liz Sharkey
Liz Sharkey

Gray & Pape recently hired Danielle Goetz as temporary GIS Technician, and Liz Sharkey as archaeology intern.

Danielle received her BA from Western Kentucky University and MSc from University of Edinburgh. In addition to working in the field, her interests lay in UAV and mobile technology. Her dissertation was written on how mobile technology can assist the public in learning about the past archaeological landscape and how the past impacts the future. Previously, Danielle was a field technician and field director for Gray & Pape.

Liz is a second year graduate student from Saint Cloud State University. As a Gray and Pape intern she will finish the requirements for her Masters of Science degree.  In her nine years of being an archaeologist she has worked all over the county on all phases of field work.

Star Shines Brightly at Gray & Pape

On April 7, Jai Washington was awarded the 2015 Individual Contribution/Ambassador of the Year Star Award at the Over-the-Rhine Chamber’s annual meeting and luncheon. The awards celebrate individuals and organizations who are leading efforts to improve the neighborhood. Both personally and professionally, Jai works tirelessly to promote Over-the-Rhine. If  you have stopped by our OTR office, mostly likely you were greeted by Jai’s boundless enthusiasm and warm smile.

This year was a record year for attendance with more than 400 people attending. Bob Castellini, Principal Owner and CEO of the Cincinnati Reds, provided the keynote address. The event was held at the iconic Music Hall with lunch provided by Funky’s Catering. Gray & Pape is proud to be a sponsor for today’s luncheon and continued part of the OTR Chamber.

Congratulations to all of the 2015 Star Award Recipients: