Cultural Resources Analysts, Inc., has spent the last 30 years working to help preserve cultural resources that may help provide glimpses into the lives of past peoples. Members of CRA have worked over the years throughout the U.S. discovering both historic and prehistoric archaeological sites. In Lewis and Clark Counties, Missouri, between 2004 and 2006, CRA worked on the Avenue of Saints Project, during which 55 archaeological sites were discovered. CRA recovered significant data pertaining to Early Woodland, Middle Woodland, and late Middle to early Late Woodland settlement and subsistence in Central Ohio during the data recovery at the Baker’s Bluff Site in Licking County, Ohio, in 2006. Prehistoric features and artifacts discovered during the archaeological investigations associated with the expansion of the Argosy Casino gaming facility in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, between 2004 and 2007, helped provide a picture of activities taking place along the Ohio River floodplain from approximately 6,000 to 1,000 years ago. The work conducted over the last 30 years by archaeologists at CRA has helped to create a broader picture of what the lives of past peoples may have looked like years ago. Archaeology is more than a job, but it is a passion for those at CRA; and this weekend you too can get involved with events taking place across the country in honor of International Archaeology Day.
October 19, 2013, has been designated International Archaeology Day in order to celebrate archaeology and the thrill of discovery. International Archaeology Day is organized by the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA). The AIA is North America’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to archaeology. The institute was founded in 1879 and now has almost 250,000 members. Events celebrating archaeology will be occurring across the country on International Archaeology Day, October 19. You can participate in the Battle of the Hook Public Excavation at the Gloucester Courthouse in Virginia, learn more about the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in West Virginia, or if you’re out west stop by the Pioneer days and Indian ways in Montrose, Colorado. Mark your calendars on October 19 for a day of discovery.