Archaeological Investigation and Curation
of Contents of Cockayne Property Begin

     Phase I archaeological survey is being conducted at the Cockayne property, which also includes a survey of the Cockayne Mound. This service is being donated by Archaeological Consultants of the Midwest, Inc. In addition to the archaeological survey, the firm has begun identification and curation of the Cockayne House contents, again donating their services for that massive undertaking.

     The Cockayne property, willed to the City of Glen Dale and leased to the Marshall County Historical Society, includes many artifacts and Cockayne family memorabilia. The Historic Preservation Office of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History has long recommended curation of the contents, which includes identifying, photographing, tagging and logging each item into a table for easy location/access. While the Society has recognized the benefits of the curation process, it has concentrated on other aspects of the Cockayne preservation efforts.

     As for the archaeological survey, the Society has entered into an Option Agreement with Joe K. Blair, owner of the Mound. It is our hope to reunite the Mound with the Cockayne Farm, which would greatly enhance the value of the project.

     Archaeological Consultants of the Midwest, Inc. maintains an office in Wheeling as well as Indianapolis. The firm specializes in all phases of archaeology as well as artifact analysis, curation and interpretation. The firm is very active with historic research and preservation as well. All of these disciplines are completed according to federal and state regulations.

     Archaeological Consultantsí involvement at the Cockayne Farm will be divided into three projects:

A Phase I archaeological survey of the house lot and surrounding lots to determine the absence/presence of prehistoric and historic in situ remains. The West Virginia Division of Culture and History has recommended the survey be completed on the Cockayne Property as well as the Cockayne Mound. Permission from the City of Glen Dale and Joe Blair, owner of the Mound, have been obtained and a permit has been approved for this work to proceed.

With respect to the Cockayne Mound (46Mr26), minimal testing will be completed to determine if possible, its origins, as well as the amount of disturbance that may have occurred since it was first discovered in the 1700ís.

Also, each item within the Cockayne House will be identified, tagged, and photographed. A detailed artifact log and photo-log will be produced to include every item that was discovered within the house as it stands today. An attempt will also be made to curate and protect as many of these items as possible. In addition, all papers within the house will be categorized and stored for protection and future examination. These papers will aid in the compilation of a more complete history of the Cockayne Farm and Family.

     At the conclusion of these three projects, Archaeological Consultants of the Midwest will join with the Marshall County Historical Society and its Cockayne Committee to achieve an important goal of combining the Cockayne family history and the prehistoric component of the property into one complete history.

     Some of the key personnel involved with this project include Jamie Vosvick (supervising archaeologist) Neal Warren (photography specialist) Emma Vosvick (historic research and archives) and Kimberly and Christopher Jackson (owner/president of Archaeological Consultants of the Midwest). The Marshall County Historical Society is extremely grateful for the aid and assistance volunteered by these professionals.


Jamie Vosvick, sifting through dirt from the test pits on the Cockayne Lawn.


Jamie and Emma Vosvick, archaeologists with Archaeological Consultants
of the Midwest, who have donated their services to the project. With
them is Dorothy Sedosky. Emma and Dorothy are Committee Members.