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For Immediate Release
Contact: Diane Comer
502-564-7005, ext. 120

34th Annual KHC Archaeology Conference March 2-5 in Louisville
Focus on prehistoric Native American use of the Falls of the Ohio

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 28, 2017) – A special two-day session focusing on prehistoric Native American use of the Falls of the Ohio River region in Louisville and Southern Indiana will kick off the 34th Annual Kentucky Heritage Council (KHC) Archaeology Conference, convening Thursday through Sunday at Ramada Downtown North in Louisville.

Falls of the Ohio State ParkThis year’s event is co-hosted in partnership with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), Kentucky Archaeological Survey, Corn Island Archaeology, and the Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists (KyOPA). KHC serves as the state historic preservation office.

New this year, presentations beginning at 1 p.m. Thursday and continuing 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday will explore Native American lifeways along the river, and provide an opportunity for invited researchers to present their latest data and interpretations and interact with others interested in the archaeology of this geographically important area.

“This is exciting because it rarely happens where we have Kentucky and Indiana researchers coming together to look at all the research across state lines, even though in terms of cultural resources, we’re all studying the same time periods,” said Nick Laracuente, KHC’s Site Protection Program manager.

Formal papers and poster presentations reporting archaeological research on a variety of topics will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, including information about a wide array of prehistoric archaeology topics. Presentations on historic archaeology will include the challenges of urban archaeology, remote sensing techniques used at Fort Knox, women’s clothing commonly found in 19th century contexts, privy research in Louisville, artillery research at the Battle of Perryville, the lime industry in Utica, Indiana, and the archaeology of Kentucky’s bourbon distilleries industry.

Sessions Thursday and Friday are free and open to the public, with this portion of the conference partially funded by KYTC. Registration is required to attend Saturday and Sunday at a cost of $20, or $15 for students, with an additional charge for evening receptions hosted by KyOPA.

A complete agenda and registration information is available at, or call 502-564-7005, ext. 113.

Image credit: Falls of the Ohio State Park

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An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of prehistoric resources and historic buildings, sites and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth, in partnership with other state and federal agencies, local communities and interested citizens.


Last Updated 3/1/2017