Kentucky Project Archaeology began in the Summer of 1999. That’s when we jointly held facilitator training (with Indiana's program) at the Falls of the Ohio State Park in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Twelve Kentucky people (eight educators and four archaeologists) underwent three days of facilitator training in June, hosted by the Falls of the Ohio State Park and the Kentucky Archaeological Survey.
In 1999, we announced our program to Kentucky's teachers in the October Issue of Kentucky Teacher, a publication that goes out to every teacher and retired teacher in the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System.
We held our first Project Archaeology Intrigue of the Past workshop a few months later, in February 2000, at Wickliffe Mounds in Ballard County. Western Kentucky Educational Cooperative and Wickliffe Mounds Research Center (at that time a program of Murray State University, but now a state historic park) joined KAS in holding the workshop. Among the eleven participants were Kentucky public elementary, middle, and high school teachers; environmental educators from Mammoth Cave National Park; and a Murray State university professor.
Since that first workshop, we have held 12 two- or two and a half-day Project Archaeology Intrigue of the Past workshops.
Over 175 people have attended Kentucky Project Archaeology Intrigue of the Past workshops since our program began in 2000. Counted among past participants are public elementary, middle, and high school teachers; parochial school teachers; Montessori and other private school teachers; museum educators; university professors; and environmental educators.
Over the years, workshop co-sponsors also have been diverse and have included state and federal agencies, museums, public schools, and universities.
In 2001 and in 2006, we trained additional facilitators. Our active facilitators currently number 13: three professional prehistoric archaeologists, two professional historic archaeologists, and eight educators.
Teachers excavate during 2009 workshop at Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing.
Teachers participating in Project Archaeology Workshop. Photo Credit: Amy Wallot
Teachers taking part in Project Achaeology Artifact Lesson.