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Educational Resources


The Kentucky Archaeological Survey is dedicated to public education. Part of our mission is to provide the general public and educators with the tools they need to learn about the state’s rich cultural heritage, and to provide content for students. Educational Resources is a compilation of information, media, publications, archives, websites and educational workshops about archaeology in Kentucky.

Archaeologist Kim McBride and a student examine artifacts discovered during an archaeology program at Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate.

Public Education Project at Ashland the Henry Clay Estate
Educational Media
KAS Video Series

The Kentucky Heritage Council produces the Kentucky Archaeology series, an on-going series of documentaries about new scientific research across the state. Episodes cover prehistoric and historic topics. The series is broadcast statewide on Kentucky Educational Television (KET) and distributed to schools via the KET instructional television system. Each episode includes a curriculum guide. Some episodes have been provided to The Archaeology Channel, a nonprofit organization that “streams” video for professional and educational use. Watch Kentucky Archaeology on-line!

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KAS Educational Series

The Kentucky Archaeological Survey publishes educational booklets about new research on ancient cultures and historic sites. Click here for a list of titles you may order in the KAS Educational Series.

 Adena Booklet Cover

KAS Newsletter

The Kentucky Archaeological Survey publishes Trowel and Pen Newsletter, an annual newsletter with archaeological news and educational articles. Visit the on-line archive!

Trowel and Pen
On-Line Resources

This website contains hundreds of on-line resources – documents, image, and media – that you may download for personal or educational use. The Kentucky Heritage Council is also collaborating with Kentuckiana Digital Library as a long-term archive for its collection of educational image. We have also compiled a list of state, regional and national on-line resources about archaeology that we recommend for viewers, educators and students.

Workshops and Field Trips

The Kentucky Heritage Council and Kentucky Archaeological Survey sponsor educational workshops and public archaeology programs.

KAS “Project Archaeology”

Project Archaeology is a national heritage education program designed to provide teachers with the tools they need to educate young Americans about our nation's cultural heritage. KAS participates in this national program by conducting teacher workshops, attending state and national social studies conferences and developing Kentucky Project Archaeology content.

Project Archaeology Workshop Participants

Public Archaeology Programs

The Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists (KYOPA) maintains a list of Public Archaeology Programs sponsored by governmental agencies, academic institutions and historic sites throughout Kentucky. These programs range from formal educational programs designed for school field trips, public programs surrounding special events and on-time tours of active archaeological excavations.

A demonstrator uses traditional Native American techniques to hollow a dugout at the annual “Living Archaeology Weekend,” a two-day educational program held in late September at the Gladie Creek Visitors Center (Friday’s programs are for school groups by prior arrangement; contact Hope Crosbie - 606-663-8100 - Saturdays programs are for the public). This event is co-sponsored by the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, the Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists and the Daniel Boone National Forest.

Making a dugout canoe



Last Updated 2/17/2010