Senior Staff

Our staff has a combined 50 years of professional experience. We have completed approximately 800 cultural resource management and other archaeological research projects in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, Mississippi, New York, Tennessee, and other states in the Eastern U.S, and hundreds of archaeo-geophysical surveys all across the U.S. and internationally.

Our senior staff is comprised of individuals well-trained in field and laboratory archaeology, with experience in historic and prehistoric time periods. Click on the names below to learn more about individual staff members.

 

Jennifer L. Pecora, MA, President

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Jennifer Pecora is president and owner of Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc.  With nearly 20 years of professional administrative experience, Jennifer oversees all aspects of the company’s business development, including project budgeting, project management, Human Relations, Quality Assurance/Quality Control, Health and Safety, and other administrative tasks related to cultural resource management, social media, report editing, grant writing, certifications for the company, account management, accounts receivable/payable, National Historic Preservation Act compliance, and cultural collections and documentation.

Albert M. Pecora, PhD, Archaeologist

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Albert M. Pecora has been active in Midwestern, Southeastern and Ohio Valley archaeology since 1987. His primary research interests include prehistoric stone tool technologies, archaeological site formation processes, Ohio Valley prehistory and historic-era archaeology.

Albert has over 25 years of professional experience in archaeology.  While an undergraduate student at The Ohio State University, Albert attended the 1987 archaeological fieldschool held at Flint Ridge Memorial Park in Licking County, under Dr. Richard Yerkes.  This experience spawned a profound interest in lithic technology that continues to this day.  In 1988 Pecora attended the Flintknapping Fieldschool directed by Dr. J. Jeffrey Flenniken in Stanley, Idaho.  From there he developed an understanding in lithic technology that eventually led to his Ph.D. dissertation research.

In keeping with his childhood dream, Albert established Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc. while enrolled in the Ph.D. program at The Ohio State University. The initial purposes of the company were to gain access to archaeological data for his dissertation research and to prepare a future career by developing a professional cultural resource management firm.  This is not the traditional course followed by graduate students in Anthropology—but as his father would say, “my son beats to his own drummer.”

In 2002 Albert earned his doctoral degree in Anthropology, which is the parent discipline of Archaeology. Today, he is vice-president and oversees the staff of Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc. Under his direction, Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc. strives to provide the highest quality cultural resource management services possible.

Jarrod Burks, PhD

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Jarrod Burks, PhD is the Director of Archaeological Geophysics at Ohio Valley Archaeology. Over the past decade he has worked hard to pioneer the application of geophysical survey techniques on archaeology sites in Ohio and other areas of the Eastern U.S., especially in Cultural Resource Management contexts. The geophysical survey of Ohio earthworks is one of Jarrod’s major research, education, and preservation goals.

A note from Jarrod: Though trained as a dirt archaeologist, I began to wonder if there wasn’t a better way to do archaeology than what I was being taught in the early 1990s. Let’s face it, archaeology is hard work and it is expensive. I have found that geophysics is a great way to improve the effectiveness of archaeological field projects. It takes a lot of the guess-work out of locating intact archaeological remains, and it can produce some amazing images, including some kinds of site structure simply not visible with any other technique (e.g., shovel testing and  block excavation).

Jarrod received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Ohio State University in 2004, but has been working in Ohio since 1994, when he first started to see the benefits of becoming a fan of Buckeye football.

John F. Schweikart, MA

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John F. Schweikart meets the U.S. Secretary of the Interior professional qualifications for archaeology as outlined in 48 FR 44716 (36 CFR Part 61). He has 20 years of experience in compliance with applicable State and Federal regulations including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) with particular specialization in compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, (NHPA) [36 CFR 800], the Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA), and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), as well as compliance and cooperation with State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO) and Tribal Historic Preservation  (THPOS) for both the private and public sectors. Mr. Schweikart has 12 years of experience working as a cultural resource management specialist and an additional eight years of experience working as a staff archaeologist for the Ohio Department of Transportation-Office of Environmental Services-Cultural Resources Section. He is also listed archaeological principal investigator in the sates of Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Indiana.

Education

  • The Ohio State University‑ ABD, Anthropology/Archaeology
  • The Ohio State University‑ Master’s of Arts, Anthropology/Archaeology
  • University of Arizona ‑ Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology/Archeaology

Training/Certifications

  • Ohio DOT 106/National Register Eligibility Training, March 2016
  • Ohio Historic Preservation Office- Listed Archaeological Consultant- Prehistory
  • NEPA Certified
  • Training in right-of-Way Plan Reading by the Office of Real Estate
  • Training in Construction Plan Reading by the Office of Real Estat
  • Ohio DOT Section 4(f) Training
  • Register of Professional Archaeologists
  • Member of the Ohio Archaeological Council, Native American Concern s Committee

Jamie Davis, BA, GIS

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Jamie Davis has been employed at Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc., since 2010 and has worked as a professional archaeologist since 2009. He earned his B.A. degree in anthropology and B.S. degree in mathematics from Ohio University in 2002 and 2006. Jamie also earned a Global Information Systems (GIS) Masters Certificate from Penn State University, in 2011.

In his current position at OVAI, Jamie serves as an archaeological crew chief and is the director of our GIS program. With his GIS expertise, he is responsible for making project maps, performing viewshed analyses, and various types of cultural resources-related terrain analysis. Jamie has a developed expertise in the spatial arrangement of archaeological sites and various terrain and environmental variables. His expertise is instrumental in pre-project planning, especially where archaeological resource modelling can focus field effort and ultimately reduce costs and increase our survey efficiency.

As an archaeological crew chief, Jamie has managed field crews in Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Tennessee. and Mississippi.