Congratulations, Kim!

Gray & Pape is pleased to announce that Kim Smith, a Principal Investigator based in our Providence, Rhode Island, office was recently elected to serve on the Standards Board of the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA). This important role within the organization means that Kim will be working with other board members to  hear and decide on all appeals from decisions of the Registrar, a member of the Board of Directors, and shall make final decisions regarding the disciplinary action resulting from complaints of violations of the Code of Conduct
and the Standards of Research Performance that are referred to the Standards Board by the Grievance Coordinator. In Kim’s position statement, reviewed by all voting members of the RPA, she affirmed that “If elected to the Standards Committee, I will review all available information for each complaint of violations of the Registrar’s membership and will make fair and impartial determinations. I will provide clear and detailed reasoning for my decisions, which will be founded on the available facts. I am interested in serving in this capacity because I firmly believe that ethics violations harm our profession and our public reputation. It is often detrimental to preserving the archaeological record. However, I also recognize that unsubstantiated grievance could harm an individual’s career and livelihood. Recognizing this, I would take this role seriously and bring an unbiased perspective to this committee.”

We have no doubt that Kim will be a valued member of the Standards Board and that she will continue to be an asset to the RPA membership! Congratulations, Kim!

Dan Zoto and his annual Wing Island Archaeology guided walk in the news!

Earlier this month, Lower Cape TV (Eastham, Massachusetts) our very own Dan Zoto on his annual guided walk of Wing Island and posted the video online. The walk was sponsored by the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and was a Massachusetts Archaeology Month event. Dan is a Principal Investigator in Archaeology based in our Providence, Rhode Island, office and this was his eighth time leading the walk, which he has done annually since 2013.  Well done, Dan!

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Preservation Project Award from the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation

Earlier this week, the board of the Rabbit Hash Historical Society, owner of Rivertown construction Ed Untereiner, and Gray & Pape’s Mike Striker were in Frankfort to accept a Preservation Project Award from the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation and the Kentucky Heritage Council for their work on the restoration of the Rabbit Hash General Store. The award reads: “In recognition of their efforts to rebuild this iconic and beloved landmark back to its original 1831 appearance following a devastating fire; for painstakingly preserving and utilizing as much remaining historic fabric as possible; and for utilizing community support, cooperative effort and hard work toward a common goal”.

SAA Presidential Award

Chris Polglase, and members of the task force led by Frank McManamon, received the SAA Presidential Award for their contribution to the Advances in Archaeological Practice landscape volume last year. Their article Values-Based Management of Archaeological Resources at a Landscape Scale Values-Based Management of Archaeological Resources at a Landscape Scale looked at values based heritage assessments which, along with other work of the task force, is redefining archaeological practice and resource management. Congratulations, Chris!




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!