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 meet or exceed the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Archaeology and Historic Preservation (36 CFR Part 61) and are Registered Professional Archaeologists (RPA).


  • SBA Certified 8(a)
  • ODOT Certified DBE
  • Ohio Certified MBE/EDGE
  • WBENC Certified Woman Business Enterprise (WBE)
  • WBENC Certified Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB)
  • SBA Certified Small Business
  • ED-WOSB (SBA Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned
    Small Business)

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.

OVAI has successfully completed over 1,000 cultural resource management projects in Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Poland, Great Britain, Panama, Mexico, and Guadalcanal.

We look forward to expanding our services throughout the United States and beyond.

Dr. Jarrod Burks

Dr. Burks has been an archaeological Principal 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.

Albert M. Pecora, PhD

Dr. Albert Pecora

Dr. Pecora has worked as an archaeologist since 1987 and has served as an archaeological principal investigator and project Manager for Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc (OVAI) since 1997.  His doctoral dissertation focused on prehistoric stone tool technologies and the formation of lithic assemblages, under the direction of Dr. Richard Yerkes at The Ohio State University.  He specializes in prehistoric and historic archaeology.

Albert has served as a principal investigator on nearly 1000 Phase I archaeological surveys, Phase II National Register of Historic Places site evaluations, and Phase III archaeological data recoveries.

As OVAI’s project manager, Albert is responsible for developing proposals, research & field designs, and scopes of work, and directing project teams.

As a principal investigator for OVAI, Dr. Pecora has a proficient understanding of National Historic Preservation Act (Sections 110&106) compliance, the Section 106 implementing regulations (36 CFR Part800). His primary role is to help federal agencies, state and local entities, and private sector clients navigate historic preservation compliance.


Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc.
4889 Sinclair Road, Suite 210
Columbus, Ohio 43229

Telephone: (614) 436-6926
Fax: (614) 436-6945