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About The Archaeological Society of Ohio

Our Story


The Object of the ASO

The Archaeological Society of Ohio is organized to discover and conserve archaeological sites and material within the State of Ohio, to seek and promote a better understanding among students and collectors of archaeological material, professional and non-professional, including individuals, museums, institutions of learning and to disseminate knowledge on the subject of archaeology. Membership in the ASO shall be open to any person of good character interested in archaeology or the collecting of American Indian artifacts, upon acceptance of written application and payment of dues.

ASO Profile

  • The Society originated in 1941 when a small group of amateur and professional archaeologists and artifact collectors founded the Ohio Indian Relic Collectors Society.

  • The Archaeological Society of Ohio as it is now known, is the largest state archaeological society in the United States, with a membership of nearly 2500 men and women from all walks of life.

  • Membership includes subscription to The Ohio Archaeologist, which is published quarterly. This journal has been recognized as one of the finest in its field. Well illustrated articles by professionals, non-professionals, and artifact collectors cover a wide variety of subjects. Members our encouraged to publish in The Ohio Archaeologist.

  • The ASO holds regular state meetings in Columbus in January, March, May, and November. Chapter meetings are held, typically at a monthly basis, at over 25 locations throughout Ohio and surrounding states. At state and Chapter meetings, members display their collections and site material, listen and interact with speakers, and are provided an opportunity to meet and learn from fellow members and collectors.

  • Beginning with our successful and highly acclaimed “Peopling of the Americas” symposium in 2004 and the subsequent 2006 Hopewell symposium, the ASO organizes and funds two-day archaeological symposia open to members and the general public. Speakers at our state meetings and the symposiums include some of most prominent archaeologists and knowledgeable avocationalists in America.


Learn More About Us

To find out if there is a chapter in your area, please visit Chapters Locations. If you need to contact one of our officers or trustees then visit the ASO Leadership page.

Are you interested in learning more about Ohio's rich archaeological heritage? Then we invite you to join our Society. Please visit our Membership page if you would like to join the ASO. If you have any questions please contact the ASO.

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