Humans have lived in North America for more than 13,000 years, but the written history of the continent goes back fewer than 500. This leaves many questions for archaeologists to address: What were people doing during those prehistoric years? How and where did they live? What parts of their environments did they use? How did they interpret their world?
Artifacts are often all that remain of these first inhabitants. Archaeologists recover these materials, then describe and analyze them to interpret how prehistoric people lived in the same areas where we live today.
Museum archaeologists focus their research primarily on Native American societies of the Ohio region prior to A.D. 1650. This is accomplished through active programs of field work and laboratory research.
Curators, interns and visiting researchers carry out research projects focusing on prehistoric ways of life and cultural change from the end of the Ice Age to the arrival of Europeans. Much of this research utilizes the Museum’s extensive artifact collections. The Department of Archaeology’s field work combines scientific research with experiential education programs for students and Museum members. Department staff and volunteers actively participate in public outreach programs such as Discovery Day
and Earth Science & Archaeology Day.
College students seeking a paid summer internship in the Department of Archaeology are encouraged to apply for the Kirtlandia Research Internship
or the Cleveland Archaeological Society Internship