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1838

Abelard Tomlinson and Thomas Biggs dug up two burial vaults or tombs at Grave Creek Mound

1846

Ephraim G. Squier and Edwin H. Davis documented Salt Rock petroglyphs

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1848

Report of Salt Rock petroglyphs included in Smithsonian Institution's "Contributions to Knowledge"

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1881

Congress gave $5,000 to Smithsonian to conduct excavations relating to prehistoric Mound Builders

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1894

Cyrus Thomas published Report on the Mound Explorations of the Bureau of Ethnology.

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1930

Charles Bache and Linton Satterwaite Jr. published findings from excavation of Beech Bottom Mound in the Museum Journal

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1949

The West Virginia Archeological Society was founded and publication of West Virginia Archeologist began

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1950

Sigus Olafson began publishing articles on petroglyphs, the painted trees, Gabriel Arthur and more

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1960

The position of state archeologist was created by state legislature

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Mar 06, 1965

Legislature created the West Virginia Antiquities Commission with authority to identify historic sites, determine state preservation needs and set priorities

Other events that happened on or around March 06, 1965

Oct 15, 1966

President Johnson signed the National Historic Preservation Act, which established the National Register of Historic Places

1970

Dr. Edward V. McMichael, state archeologist, left the Geological Survey

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Jul 01, 1977

West Virginia Antiquities Commission supplanted by the Archives and History Commission by the West Virginia Dept of Culture and History

Nov 16, 1990

Congress passed the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act

Oct 01, 1996

1,600 boxes of artifacts and 73 boxes of documents were moved to Delf Norona Museum in Moundsville

Other events that happened on or around October 01, 1996

2001

West Virginia had 10, 211 recorded archeological sites


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