Kevin Nolan

Kevin Nolan

Director and Senior Archaeologist


Room:BB 315

Kevin is an Ohio Valley archaeologist with a primary research interest in the Late Prehistoric period (ca. AD 1000 – 1600) of the Middle Ohio Valley, particularly how humans interact with the environment. He has published collections based research, results of fieldwork, and theoretical models for the Middle Woodland (ca. 50 BC – AD 400) and Late Prehistoric periods. Other research interests include evolutionary approaches to human behavior, siteless survey and regional analysis, paleoenvironments, and systematics. Kevin also has an interest in public education and has regularly given presentation to grade school and high school classes about archaeology and science.

Recent Publications:

Hart, John P. and Kevin C. Nolan
2015 Comment on Cook and Comstock’s “Evaluating the Old Wood Problem in a Temperate Climate: A Fort Ancient Case Study”. American Antiquity 80(3):610-612.

Nolan, Kevin C., Samantha Blatt, Paul Sciulli, and Christine K. Thompson
2015 A Late Woodland Red Ochre Burial Cache in Madison County, Ohio. Manuscript accepted for North American Archaeologist 36(3).

Nolan, Kevin C. and Brian G. Redmond
2015 Geochemical and Geophysical Prospecting at Three Multicomponent Sites in the Southwestern Lake Erie Basin: A Pilot Study. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 2:94-105. DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2015.01.002

Nolan, Kevin C. and Paul Scull
2014 Rejoinder to Sciulli and Purcell: Two Late Prehistoric Dogs from the Reinhardt Site (33PI880), Pickaway County, Ohio. Pennsylvania Archaeologist 84(2):65-73.

Nolan, Kevin C.
2014 Prehistoric Landscape Exploitation Strategies Through Time in Central Ohio: A GIS Analysis. Journal of Ohio Archaeology 3:12-37. 

Nolan, Kevin C.
2014 Prospecting for Prehistoric Gardens: Results of a Pilot Study. Short Report accepted for Archaeological Prospection 21(2):147-154. DOI: 10.1002/arp.1465.

Nolan, Kevin C. and Robert A. Cook
2012 A Method for Multiple Cost Surface Evaluation of a Model of Fort Ancient Interaction. Manuscript prepared for Least Cost Analysis of Socionatural Landscapes: Archaeological Case Studies, edited by DA White, and S Surface-Evans, pp 67-93, plate 5. University of Utah Press.

Roos, Christopher I. and Kevin C. Nolan
2012 Phosphates, Plowzones, and Plazas: A Minimally Invasive Approach to Infer Settlement Structure of Plowed Village Sites in the Midwestern USA. Journal of Archaeological Science 39(1):23-32, doi:10.1016/j.jas.2011.06.033.

Nolan, Kevin C. and Robert A. Cook
2011 A Critique of Late Prehistoric Systematics in the Middle Ohio Valley. North American Archaeologist 32(4):293-325.

Nolan, Kevin C.
2011 Distributional Survey of a Fort Ancient Village in Pickaway County, Ohio: Summary of 2007 Reinhardt Site Survey. Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology 36(1):105-130.

Nolan, Kevin C. and Steven P. Howard
2010 Using Evolutionary Archaeology and Evolutionary Ecology to Explain Cultural Elaboration: The Case of Middle Ohio Valley Woodland Period Ceremonial Subsistence.  North American Archaeology 31(2):119-154.

Nolan, Kevin C. and Robert A. Cook
2010 Volatile Climate Conditions Cahokia: Comment on Benson, Pauketat and Cook 2009. American Antiquity 75(4):978-983.

Nolan, Kevin C. and Robert A. Cook
2010 An Evolutionary Model of Social Change in the Middle Ohio Valley: Was Social Complexity Impossible During the Late Woodland but Mandatory During the Late Prehistoric? Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 29:62-79; doi:10.1016/j.jaa.2009.10.004.