About Us

Established in July of 2005, CIA is a woman-owned and operated small business providing cultural resources consulting services. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, we are fully qualified in all aspects of prehistoric and historic archaeology in accordance with professional standards and guidelines of the Secretary of the Interior. CIA serves a region defined by the drainage basin of the Ohio River. Primarily focused on Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee, we readily support clients within the adjacent states of Ohio, Illinois, and elsewhere in the eastern and midwestern United States.Our company is listed on the approved consultant lists of multiple State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs), including the Kentucky Heritage Council. We are prequalified with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) for historic and prehistoric archaeology.

Office and Facilities

officeCIA occupies 3,500 square feet of space in a former historic residence in Jeffersontown in eastern Jefferson County, Kentucky not far from Interstate I-64. Parts of the building date to the late 1790s. It was built and inhabited by Valentine Conrad, an early redware potter. The remains of the kiln site are still extant on the property. We take advantage of this “outside laboratory” to conduct public education activities and excavations during the annual Jeffersontown Gaslight Festival. Approximately 1,000 square feet of the office is dedicated to laboratory space. This laboratory is stocked with the necessary analytical equipment and expendable supplies to meet project demands.

CIA is fully equipped with all necessary field, laboratory, and data processing equipment to conduct all standard archaeological investigations and routine laboratory analyses. We maintain a large supply of standard archaeological field equipment and supplies to sustain multiple large field efforts simultaneously.We are fully insured with professional, general liability, and workman’s compensation insurance packages. Certificates of insurance can be provided upon request. We actively work with the public in a variety of forums for the common good. We at CIA welcome the opportunity to familiarize you with our organization.

EEO Statement

As an equal opportunity employer, Corn Island Archaeology LLC prohibits any form of discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, disability, HIV status, age, domestic partnership, gender identity, or military service. Corn Island Archaeology LLC celebrates and promotes diversity by maintaining a workplace free of discrimination of any kind. To that end, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and will not tolerate any behavior that undermines our commitment to affirmative action.

Our Core Values

  • To Deliver a quality product at a fair price.
  • To be honest and forthcoming with our clients at all times
  • To facilitate planned projects and developments for the economic good of the community.
  • To work as a team in the interests of our clients and our buisness.
  • To responsibly manage the cultural heritage of the community within our study areas.
  • To contribute to the cultural heritage of the community in which we work.
  • To advance the discipline and the practice of archaeology, architectural history, and other fields in which we practice.
  • To provide an opportunity for professionals to develop in their careers through a flexible work environment in balance with the needs of their personal lives.
  • To welcome staff and associates from all backgrounds regardless of age, gender, race or ethnicity.
  • To promote the growth of woman-owned, minority, and disadvantaged business enterprises.


CIA is a certified in the following areas.

From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet:

  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
  • Small Business Enterprise (SBE)

From the Louisville and Jefferson County Metro Human Relations Commission:

  • Female Business Enterprise (FBE)

From the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)

  • Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE)

Our staff is associated with KYOPA (The Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists) as well as the RPA (Register of Professional Archaeologists)

Dedicated to public education and public participation in the investigation, preservation of regional cultural resources, CIA is closely aligned with FOAS (Falls of the Ohio Archaeological Society)