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Kentucky Archaeology


The Kentucky Archaeology website serves as a "digital bridge," connecting scholars and the general public throughout Kentucky. Managed by The Kentucky Archaeological Survey, this website contains a wealth of information and educational resources about Kentucky archaeology, including specific sites and research subjects from the prehistoric and historic eras. The Kentucky Archaeological Survey’s staff reviews and edits all content, which is submitted by the professional archaeologists and scholars who are conducting the research. The images, graphics and documents contained within this website have been cleared for educational use. Click on each thumbnail to download images for your research and presentations. Check the Related Content menu on each page for additional links, images and educational resources.

Ashland privy excavation, Fayette County, KAS 2000.

Ashland Privy


The Kentucky Archaeology website is organized in four major sections:

I Overview contains general information about the Prehistoric and Historic eras in Kentucky. Each era has general descriptions about archaeological periods. This is an excellent introduction to what archaeologists know about ancient American Indian cultures and the state’s early history.

Kentucky Archaeology timeline, "Prehistoric Era," KAS, 2009.

Kentucky Prehistoric Timeline

II Site Profiles has summary information and educational resources about specifics sites throughout the state. Organized by archaeological periods, each Site Profile has descriptions, images and educational resources about current research and findings.

Archaeologists survey Cliff Palace Pond, Jackson County, DNBP.

Cliff Palace Pond Rockshelter Excavation 

III Research Summaries holds information and resources about specific research subjects, especially topics that incorporate data from several archaeological sites or features in the region.

Kentucky artifacts, "Frontier period assemblage," KAS, 2009.

Kentucky Frontier Artifacts

IV Education Resources is an archive of additional educational resources available from The Kentucky Archaeological Survey and The Kentucky Heritage Council, including the popular Kentucky Archaeology video series, KAS publications, curriculum guides and large format graphics.

Kentucky artwork, "Cliff Palace Pond rock shelter," Archaic period, Jackson County, KAS, 2002.

Cliff Palace Pond Artist Recreation of Fall Harvest
Kentucky Archaeology Achive

The Kentucky Archaeological Survey manages a comprehensive digital archive with the original images, graphics and documents used in this website, as well as professional reports and publications. Documents are archived as PDF files. Images are archived in their original digital format at the largest size and highest resolution. These original images are convereted to JPG image files for download. Please contact the Kentucky Archaeological Survey if you need high-resolution images for print or special publications and presentations.

Montgomery Incised Adena jar
How may I contribute materials?

We invite all professional archaeologists, historians and scholars to contribute content to this website. Please contact David Pollack, Director, Kentucky Archaeological Survey, for information on how to become a contributing "Author."

Funding and Support

This educational website is made possible with support from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Federal Highway Adminstration, and contributions from professional scholars dedicated to the research and preservation of the state's rich cultural heritage.


Last Updated 1/19/2010