Since 2019, one of AllStar Ecology’s cultural resource management (CRM) staff has volunteered ocassionally as an archaeology correspondent for the West Virginia Explorer. The West Virginia Explorer is an online magazine designed to “investigate West Virginia and its natural and cultural resources.” 

The collaboration started in response to an open letter by the Council for West Virginia Archaeology (CWVA), which highlighted issues with popular – but unfounded – assumptions about archaeology and prehistory.  Ms. Norton partnered with WV Explorer’s editor, David Sibray, to write a number of articles with scientifically-sound evidence and professionally-qualified interpretations.  In the process of writing these articles she interviewed various personnel from state and regional organizations. These included the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office (WV SHPO), Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex, and the CWVA. With their help, she was able to gather information on topics such as historical rock piles, how to document a new archaeological site, and myths about mound builders and giants.

You can read a few of her articles by following the links below:

West Virginia Explorer Articles

Author: Charity Moore Norton

Charity Moore is an archaeologist with AllStar Ecology, LLC and has worked on a variety of archaeological and cultural resource management projects in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. She has experience with Phase I, II, and III archaeological excavations, artifact analysis, writing archaeological reports, and conducting Section 106 consultation with State Historic Preservation Offices, which includes identifying and recording historic structures and other cultural resources. As part of the Erie County Historic Cemetery Survey, she also completed a comprehensive cemetery survey and threat assessment report. Education: M.A., European Prehistoric Archaeology – University of Sheffield | B.A., Archaeology with Geology Minor, Mercyhurst University