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The ASO holds regular state meetings in Columbus in January, March, May, and November. At state meetings, members display their collection and site material, listen and interact with speakers, and are provided an opportunity to meet and learn from fellow members and collectors. The very popular "field found" contest allows members to submit field found artifact for judging. Prizes are awarded in several categories, including best artifact found by a youth. (13 and under)

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2024 Quarterly Meeting Dates

  • January 21, 2024
    Theme: Drills
    Speaker: Chris Rummel                                    Time: 10:30am                                               Place:   The Makoy Center                               Hilliard Ohio                                                 Meeting time 8am-12pm                                                                      

  •   March 17, 2024                                           Theme: Square knifes                                             Speaker: Randy Sanders                                    Time: 10:30am                                               Place:   The Makoy Center                               Hilliard Ohio                                                                Meeting time 8am-12pm                                                                                       

  • May 19, 2024                                                Theme: Fluted Points                                    Speaker: Mark Pape                                    Subject: The Needles site. The origin of the fluted point.                                                    Time: 10:30am                                               Place:   The Makoy Center                               Hilliard Ohio                                                               Meeting time 8am-12pm                                         

  •  November 17, 2024                                          Theme: To be Announced                                    Speaker: To be Announced                                Time: 10:30am                                               Place:   The Makoy Center                               Hilliard Ohio                                                Meeting time 8am-12pm

ASO quartly meetings are held at the Makoy center. For Directions click the photo below


2024 Summer Meeting Dates

  • July 13, 2024

  • October 12,2024
    Host: Mowkon Chapter
    Contact: Shaun Place (419) 235-0710 or
    Time: 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Place:   Kalida Fish & Game Club
                  16415 State Route 694
                  Kalida, OH 45853 ‎


  • July 14th, 2024
    Host: M.A.C.C./Ft. Salem Chapter
    Contact: Dennis Menke (513) 300-3190 or
    Time: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Place:   3130 Newton rd, Newton OH 45244 ‎


  • Sunday August 4, 2024
    Host: Johnny Appleseed / Kokosing Chapters
    Contact: Fred Altizer (740) 507-2426
    Fred Groseclose (740)507-3333
    Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (8:00 a.m. setup)
    Place:   Knox County Career Center Cafeteria
                  306 Martinsburg Rd (State Route 586)
                  Mount Vernon, OH 43050

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Photos from May 19, 2024 State Meeting

Field Found Contest   Best Artifact found by a Youth:
Makayla Pratt
Field Found Contest  First place Flint Projectile:                   Mark Bender
Field Found Contest
First place Miscellaneous artifact:
Doug Hannon
Field Found Contest  First Place Flint tool:
Gary Katz
Field Found Contest       First place Slate artifact
Dave Alvarado
Field Found Contest
First Place Ground Stone Tool:
Mike Legrand


During State meetings, first and second place awards are presented to current members for best display and best individual field finds.   Judging is done by knowledgeable ASO members under the direction of the Exhibits Committee.   Categories and rules for both display and field found contests are described below.  To view a printable pdf of the information below, click here.   The ASO has a strict policy forbidding the display or sale of fraudulent artifacts at ASO meetings.

Display Contest

At a minimum, awards are given for each of the following three display categories: educational, site material/personal finds, and meeting theme.  A meeting theme is announced before each State Meeting to encourage members to display material or to provide educational information related to the meeting theme.  Example meeting themes include dovetails, fluted points, hematite, tube bannerstones, Flint Ridge flint, shell, and engraved slate.   At the judges' discretion, additional display awards may be given for other categories such as exceptional quality and Chapter completion.   

Display Contest Rules

  1. Each display must be by a current member of the ASO.

  2. Judging is done between 8:00 and 11:00am during the meeting.

  3. Artifacts must be from Ohio or adjoining states (Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and Pennsylvania) to be considered.

  4. To insure you are included for judging, contestant must pick up a “display for judging” sign to be placed with display material.

Field Find Contest

The Field Find contest is for artifacts personally found out of archaeological context (field found) since the last meeting. The Field Find Contest is done on the honor system. Any member determined to have violated the personally found rule may be subject to removal from the Society. Only judges and contest officials are permitted behind tables. No one is permitted to handle entries except judges, contestant/owner, and contest official. First and second place ribbons are awarded at each State Meeting for each of the following categories:

  • Flint Projectile Point (Notched, Unnotched, Lanceolate, Triangular…)

  • Flint Projectile Point (Notched, Unnotched, Lanceolate, Triangular…);

  • Flint Tool (Knife, Drill, Scraper, Blade…);

  • Ground Stone Tool (Ax, Celt, Pestle, Mortar, Chisel, Utilitarian Object…);

  • Pendant or Gorget (One or multiple holed flat slate, hardstone or shell);

  • Bannerstone (drilled and undrilled);

  • Miscellaneous Artifact (Birdstone, Plummet, Cone, Bar Amulet, Trophy Ax, Pipe, or any piece not included in the above categories);  and

  • Artifacts found by children (13 and younger) which are not award winners in the above categories

Field Find Contest Rules

  1. Each entrant must be a current member of the ASO, unless entrant is a child, in which case the parent must be a current member.

  2. Every artifact entered must be personally found by the entrant since the last regular meeting.

  3. Only one item can be entered in each category (a cache is considered one item).

  4. Restored artifacts must be plainly marked with extent of restoration detailed.  

  5. Contest begins at 8:00am and ends at 10:30am.

  6. Artifacts must be found in Ohio or adjoining states (Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, or Pennsylvania).

Each year during the January State Meeting, first place winners of each category from the previous year’s Field Find Contest are eligible to enter the Best of the Year contest. This competition is in addition to the regular January Field Find Contest. Entrants must be the original finder and previous entrant. Winners in each of the categories are awarded a plaque. In addition to the regular Field Find Contest and the Best of the Year Contest, a Best Ever Contest is conducted each year during the March State Meeting. Categories are the same as the Field Find and Best of the Year contests. Rules are also the same with the exception of the timing of the field find. All three field find-related contest are done on the honor system. Any member determined to have violated the personally found rule may be subject to removal from the Society

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