Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc. (OVAI) is a full service cultural resource management firm located in Columbus, Ohio.  Established in 1997, we provide consulting services for the study and evaluation of cultural resources.  Our mission is to be the very best at what we do while providing cost-effective, efficient, and timely services for our clients.

OVAI is also an SBA certified 8(a) firm, is a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE/WBENC-certified), and Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB/WBENC-certified).

Other Socio-economic CertificationsDBE (ODOT),  MBE/EDGE (Ohio), SBA certified Small Business, and  Small Disadvantaged Business (ED-WOSB).

GSA Contract Holder: GS-10F-172BA


ArchaeologyOVAI specializes in historic preservation, historic and prehistoric archaeology, geophysical archaeological surveys, geospatial analysis (GIS), aerial photogrammetry, and cemetery surveys.  We routinely work with experienced architectural historians.  While much of our work focuses on assisting federal agencies and private applicants (e.g., federal permitting, grants, programs, and licenses) comply with the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), we also provide services to state, local, and private historical societies and groups, academic institutions, and others who have interests in the preservation and documentation of historical resources.

Geophysical SurveyWe are especially proud of our geophysical survey program, headed by Dr. Jarrod Burks. The application of geophysics is indispensable to modern archaeological inquiry.  The combined use of traditional archaeological methods and well-collected geophysical data yields a comprehensive understanding of archaeological resources with minimal ground surface damage.  Our current instrumentation includes magnetometers, a ground-penetrating radar (GPR), an electrical resistance meter, and a magnetic susceptibility meter. Since we own the instruments,  they are always available and ready to be put to work.


Public EducationTo us, history and archaeology are exciting.  OVAI is staffed by people who have made archaeology a career.  We like to think outside the box.  We are relentless in our endeavor to find better ways of doing our jobs: to collect, document, and explain cultural resources in the most efficient and effective ways possible.

We also understand that many of our clients view NHPA compliance as a potential obstacle to their projects.  We strive to make our role in the compliance process as painless as possible, and we are always more than happy to provide guidance and assistance.

Artifact of Note

What's This 01Archaeologists pride themselves in their skills of identification. But some artifacts are real stumpers. For more on this mystery object, click here.