Fort Ancient


Fort Ancient

6123 St. Rt. 350
Oregonia, Ohio 45054
513–932–4421 or
Fax 513-932-4843


10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday: noon-5:00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays

10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday: noon–5:00 p.m.
*Closed Monday–Friday, except by appointment


$7.00 Adults
$6.00 Seniors (60+)
$6.00 Students (6–17)
Children under 6 and members are free.

Outdoor admission (no Museum access)
Members are always Free!

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2019 Lecture Series: She Blinded Me with Science

Join us for the 2019 Fort Ancient lecture series, featuring an all-female line-up of experts in their field!

Admission to the Lecture Series is free and open to the public. Schedule subject to change.

Presenters and Topics:

Bioarchaeology: Tracking Migrations, Biological Change, and Life Histories through the Archaeological Record
Saturday, January 26, 10:30 a.m.
Presented by: Dr. Amelia R. Hubbard

Since the “dawn” of archaeology, human remains have been a large quantity of materials discovered at archaeological sites, yet few were regularly documented and systematically collected because they were not deemed as useful as artifacts. As such, American bioarchaeology was not legitimized in the US until the 1980s by the pioneering work of American archaeologist, Dr. Jane Buikstra. This talk reviews the history of bioarchaeology and the development of this field from more than the “study of human remains in archaeological contexts.” Using examples from her own work, Dr. Amelia Hubbard will highlight ways in which bones and teeth provide invaluable information about the movements of, interactions within and between, and stories of individuals from around the world, with broad applications to traditional archaeological research.  

The Original Trail Mix: Fruits, Nuts, and Grains in the Middle Woodland
Saturday, February 23, 10:30 a.m.
Presented by: Dr. Karla Hansen-Speer, Indiana State University

The Middle Woodland Period (200 BCE – 600 CE) in the Midwestern United States is best known for the Hopewell. However, west-central Indiana does not fit that definition well. Surrounded by Hopewell culture, yet perhaps not fully of it, the Northwood site of west-central Indiana was the focus of Indiana State University’s archaeological field school. Survey and excavation have revealed a village surrounding a plaza. The plant remains from the site give clues to the lifeways of this little-understood area. Food choices are constrained by the environment and at the same time, strongly shaped by culture. The plants used by the inhabitants of the Northwoods site were a mixture of wild and domesticated. Few of these plants are widely used today, and several types represent the “lost crops” of the Eastern Agricultural Complex.

In Vino Veritas:  The Truth about Wine Drinking in Ancient Athens, An Archaeological Perspective
Saturday, March 23, 10:30 a.m.
Presented by: Dr. Kathleen Lynch, University of Cincinnati

In ancient Athens (600-300 B.C.), the symposium was a social event at which a small group of men gathered for an evening of wine-drinking at a friend’s house. “Symposium” means “drinking together,” and the emphasis was on drinking, not dining. This is unusual because most cultures, including our own, come together over both food and drink. Instead the Greeks developed a very elaborate system of preparing and serving the wine. This system required specialized pottery shapes, and these shapes frequently bear self-referential sympotic or cultural imagery. As the wine warmed the drinkers, they discussed contemporary events, mythological heroes, and even sang songs together. The alcohol and these social activities, which required every drinker to participate, created bonds among the guests that carried over into their regular lives including providing political allies. This illustrated talk will explore the archaeological evidence for the changing role of the symposium in democratic Athens.

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