Biography

Wm Jack Hranicky RPA
hranickyj@archeology.org
PO Box 11256
Alexandria, Virginia


Jack Hranicky is a retired U.S. Government contractor, but has been involved with archaeology as a full-time passion for over 40 years. His main interest is the Paleo-Indian period; however, he has worked in all facets of American archaeology. He has published over 200 papers and over 40 books in archaeology with one being a two-volume, 800 page, 10,000 artifacts book on the material culture of Virginia. In Virginia, he is considered an expert on prehistoric stone tools and rockart.

 He is a charter member of the Registry of Professional Archaeologists RPA. And, since he joined the Archeological Society of Virginia (ASV) in 1966, he is one its senior members.

He taught anthropology at the Northern Virginia Community College and St Johns High School College. This course was the first high school course in anthropology in the U.S. He has delivered 100s of archaeological papers at various amateur and professional conferences throughout the U.S. He published the first popular publication in archaeology – called Popular Archaeology.

In the 1980s, he served on the Society for American Archaeology’s Crabtree Award for the outstanding avocational archaeologist. In 2011, he was selected to serve again on this committee. He wrote an early Amateur certification program which various forms of it are found in many state archaeological societies.

He has served as president of the Archeological Society of Virginia (ASV) and Eastern States Archeological Federation (ESAF), and been past chairman of the Alexandria Archaeology Commission. He is director of the Virginia Rockart Survey and (formerly) the McCary Fluted Point Survey. And, he is former president of the Alexandria Radio Club. He is a past president of the ASV’s Northern Virginia Chapter.

He operated the first electronic bulletin broad for archaeology and the Internet first website in archaeology. He holds the Internet domain archeology.org. He started the webpages for the ASV and ESAF. He has five websites, notably www.va-rockart.org and www.bipoints.com.

 He medicated the turnover of the Maryland’s Sandy Hill Adena Cache to the public domain. This collection is considered a national treasure. He has assisted in the turnover of numerous private artifacts to public agencies and museums. Also, he has preformed nearly 200 artifact collection appraisals of which they were from Missouri to Florida to New York. He has analyzed over two million artifacts, and participated in nearly 50 excavations. He has been the principal investigator for 6 excavations, such as the Tanner soapstone site in Brunswick County.

His most recent completed archaeological investigation and excavation was the Spout Run solar observatory site in Clarke County, Virginia. He established it as a solstice ceremonial site which has a date of 10,470 year ago. It is the oldest above ground prehistoric site in North America. He is excavated the Arkfeld site in Frederick County, Virginia, which is a Pleistocene site. These reports are on this website.

He did his undergraduate at the Virginia Commonwealth University and graduate studies at the University of Oklahoma.

He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Authentic Artifact Collectors Association (AACA) in 2010. Also, as a government contractor, he received the Meritorious Achievement for Excellence Award from the U.S. Department of State. He is listed on Wikipedia.