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Researching and Celebrating the Rich History of West Virginia. The West Virginia Archeological Society (WVAS) was organized in 1948 as a result of the emergency excavation of Natrium Mound in Marshall County, which was subsequently destroyed by industrial development. The Society was chartered in January 1949, especially due to efforts of Delf Norona, Oscar Mairs, and Elmer Fetzer. Other founders were Robert Athey, William Athey, Joseph Essington, and Ralph Solecki. Important early members included Charles Lally, Father Clifford Lewis, Glade Little, Sigfus Olafson, and Clarence Paxton. The Society publishes the West Virginia Archeologist and holds an annual meeting that presents the results of recent work in the state, and the opportunity to mix with other members and attendees. The West Virginia Archeologist has been in publication since 1949. Many of the older issues are out of print, but are available as PDFS. Most of the issues from Number 30 and later are available as print copies and PDFs. If you have a question about the availability of a back issue, please contact us.


We cordially invite you to join the Society and help us preserve and increase our knowledge of West Virginia Archeology. Members receive two issues of West Virginia Archeologist per year as well as newsletters. To join, contact the Secretary/Treasurer.

Aims of Society

Aims of the Society Members of the West Virginia Archeological Society shall endeavor to prevent the destruction of archeological sites, both historic and prehistoric. If and when excavation is necessary, this should be done under proper supervision and in keeping with the highest standards of archeological fieldwork. Members of the Society shall discourage promiscuous collecting of artifacts (either Indian or historic relics). The collecting of artifacts shall be considered solely incidental to and as an aid in the study of and dissemination of information concerning West Virginia Archeology.


WVArch is an email discussion group addressing archeology in West Virginia. The targeted core group is the membership of the West Virginia Archaeological Society, the Council for West Virginia Archeology, serious amateurs who are not Society members, and the general public. Click here to visit the site.


To officially register as a member of the West Virginia Archeological Society by regular mail (rather than purchasing directly on the website), please print out, complete, and mail in the following form:


1990 Volume 42 (2) PDF only

Early Woodland Mortuary Practices in Western Pennsylvania (McConaughy). Take the Moral Ground: An Essay on the “Reburial” Issue (Del Bene). Ghost Dancing in the Nineties:

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1989 Volume 41 (2) PDF only

Archeological Investigations at 46GB44, Greenbrier County, West Virginia (Wall). The Boudinot #4 Site (33AT521): An Early Woodland Habitation Site in Athens County, Ohio (Abrams). Childers,

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Annual Meeting 2018

The WVAS is holding the 2018 meeting on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the Holiday Inn and Suites at 400 Second Avenue in South Charleston,

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Annual Meeting 2017

The 2017 meeting of the West Virginia Archeological Society will be held on Saturday, November 25,2017, at the Holiday Inn and Suites in South Charleston.

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