Virginia Archaeology Month


October is Virginia Archaeology Month! Learn more at

Historic photograph of African American students and a contemporary photo of archaeology at a school site.

Virginia Archaeology Month 2021 Poster. Theme: Black Scholarship Across Time

Membership Meeting (Remote)


Join us in Gather for the spring meeting. Members will be emailed the link. Guests are welcome to contact us for an invite.

Mike Klein, 1956 – 2021

Mike was a premier expert on prehistoric pottery in Virginia and outstanding archaeologist, he was also the kindest, most selfless, amazing man you would ever have the pleasure of knowing. Mike’s explosive and genuine laugh could instantly bring a smile to your face and his kindhearted nature allowed him to connect with everyone he came in contact with throughout his life. Mike loved working with students and doing all he could to help them advance their understanding of archaeology. There is a giant hole in all our hearts with him being gone, but we can rest easy knowing he is back with his beloved wife Joan who he lost in 2015.

From Kerry Gonzalez to the COVA Membership

Cliff Boyd, 1953 – 2021

Cliff Boyd was a long-time COVA member, serving on many committees including the State Plan committee and leading the Membership committee for many years. He was a nationally recognized archaeologist and forensic researcher at Radford University. Cliff touched many lives and will be missed.

COVA Winter 2021 Meeting (REMOTE)


The Winter 2021 COVA membership meeting will be held remotely via Zoom in the interest of health and safety. Members will receive meeting invites. Guests are welcome and should contact Garrett Fesler for further details.

Jack Hranicky, 1941 – 2020

William Jack Hranicky, Nov. 6, 1941 – Aug. 4, 2020

A charter member of COVA and a committed Virginia archaeologist, Jack Hranicky led excavations on sites throughout Virginia and published extensively. Jack served on the Board and many committees of the Archeological Society of Virginia and many other organizations. Jack left an indelible impact on archaeology in Virginia and will not be forgotten.