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Archaeologist will dig into Clintonville's history

Clintonville archaeologist's presentation set during pop-up history museum

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Archaeologist Catie Gullett will conduct a workshop at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, during a one-day museum sponsored by the Clintonville Historical Society.
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The sparks of Catherine "Catie" Gullett's fascination with ancient history came from several different directions.

First of all, she said, her parents took her to museums a lot when she was little, and those Egyptian artifacts, mummies and other items captured her imagination.

The Gullett family also made annual trips to historic Williamsburg, Va. She recalled frequently "dragging my parents" to see the Jamestown settlement, the first permanent English colony founded in 1607.

And then there was gardening.

"I remember helping my mom out in the garden when I was little and we would dig things up," Gullett said.

It's small wonder, then, that Catie Gullett earned her bachelor of arts in archaeology, with minors in history and classical studies, at the College of Wooster.

The Springfield native, who grew up in South Vienna, has been a resident of Clintonville for the past year.

Gullett, now an archaeologist on the staff of the engineering firm EMH&T, will lead a workshop on her specialty during a one-day, temporary museum being put on by the Clintonville Historical Society from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3468 N. High St. The workshop will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Gullett said she knows many residents of the neighborhood are intrigued by its recent history.

She's hoping to take them back a bit further than that.

"I find that Clintonville residents are very interested in their neighborhood, but I'm trying to get them more interested in the prehistory of their neighborhood," she said.

Gullett said she is no exception in terms of someone who wants to know more about the history of what went on in the past in more or less her backyard.

The Archaeology 101 workshop, one of three being put on during the museum's hours, will focus on excavations completed in the 1950s in the Blenheim Road area as part of a housing development, Gullett said.

Fortunately, she added, Clintonville Historical Society representatives were on hand, and many documents and artifacts brought to light during the project are now the property of the organization.

"This is research for myself that I probably would have done, but I'd like to share that with anyone who would be interested," Gullett said.

"It's hard to imagine just earthworks in your backyard, because we don't have that anymore."

Gullett said she's been collecting old maps and posters that will be used during her presentation.

The Archaeology 101 workshop fee is $5, $2 for members of the society.

The society will host two other workshops the same afternoon:

* General History of Clintonville, a trolley tour with society President Mary Rodgers, 11 a.m., $10.

* How to Research the History of Your Home, with Bonnie Chandler, 12:30 p.m., $5.

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