Professional Qualifications

We are listed as a Prequalified consultant with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for Archaeological Investigations and Historic Architectural Investigations.

Our principal investigators are named on the Ohio Historic Preservation Office’s (OHPO) list of Historic Preservation Consultants: Archaeology for historical and prehistoric archaeology. (OHPO does not endorse or recommend consultants).

Ohio Certified MBE/EDGE
SBA Certified Small Business
SBA Certified Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB)
SBA Certified Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business (ED-WOSB)

OVAI principal investigators exceed the federal professional qualification requirements as published in the United States Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation, 48 FR 44716.

While our archaeological work is focused on the Ohio Valley, we have the skills and expertise to perform specialized archaeological services in any location.

We offer geophysical surveys and GIS services world-wide. OVAI has conducted geophysical surveys in Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington, D.C.,  West Virginia, Poland, Great Britain, and Guadalcanal.

Dr. Jarrod Burks: Dr. Burks has been an archaeological principle investigator with OVAI since 1999. He is an expert in the use of geophysical instruments in archaeology, such as magnetometers and ground-penetrating radar, and he has conducted geophysical surveys all across the country and beyond—including on missions to search for missing U.S. servicemen. Recently, Dr. Burks directed the 2015 Lt. Ewart Sconiers Recovery Project, Lubin, Poland. Jarrod also shares his geophysics expertise with other archaeologists as an instructor in the National Park Service’s (Midwest Archeological Center) annual workshop on geophysics in archaeology, which moves to a new place in the U.S. each year.

In addition to being a very active and respected field archaeologist, Dr. Burks also serves in many other professional capacities. He is the president of the Heartland Earthworks Conservancy, an organization that works to preserve Ohio’s ancient American Indian mound and earthwork sites; he is the treasurer of the Midwest Archaeological Conference; and he is the past president and currently a trustee of the Ohio Archaeological Council. But more than anything, Jarrod thoroughly enjoys sharing his discoveries about Ohio’s past with the public. He gives dozens of talks annually to a wide variety of public audiences all around Ohio and in surrounding states.

Dr. Albert Pecora: Dr. Pecora has worked as an archaeologist since 1987 and has served as an archaeological principal investigator for Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc (OVAI) since 1997. He specializes in prehistoric and historic archaeology, and has extensive experience in National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) compliance. Albert has served as a PI for hundreds of cultural resource projects mainly in Ohio, but also in West Virginia, Kentucky, New York, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Indiana.

As a principal investigator for OVAI, Dr. Pecora has developed a proficient understanding of National Historic Preservation Act (Sections 110&106) compliance, the Section 106 implementing regulations (36 CFR Part800), historical archaeology, and Ohio history. His primary role is to help federal agencies, state and local entities, and private sector clients navigate historic preservation compliance. Recently, Dr. Pecora had the opportunity to participate on the 2015 Lt. Ewart Sconiers Recovery Project, Lubin, Poland.