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Research Summaries --- Under Construction - Several will be posted in the coming weeks


The Kentucky Archaeological Survey compiles information about archaeological research across the state. Research Summaries provide information about investigations that span several sites, time periods and cultures, or new scientific methods and technologies. See Site Profiles for research on specific sites.

Archaeologist Don Miller demonstrates the physics of the ancient atlatl or spearthrower.

Ancient Atlatl or Spearthrower

The Kentucky Archaeological Survey’s staff and regional scholars create Research Summaries from professional papers and site reports. Each summary contains general information, web links and resources for personal and educational use. Research Summaries are organized by archaeological eras and time periods. Click on the site name below.

Archaeologists have recovered “X” marked objects and pierced coins from slave associated sites across Kentucky. These artifacts provide rare insights into the spiritual lives of African Americans during the Antebellum period.

Slave Associated Artifacts
Site Listings

Prehistoric Era




Late Prehistoric

Historic Era

Historic Indian



Civil War


Methods & Technologies

Computer Graphics

Physical Anthroplogy

Ceramic Studies

Lithic Studies

Faunal Studies

Botanical Studies



Last Updated 1/23/2010