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How to report an archaeological site to the Kentucky Archaeological Survey

If you know about an important archaeological site, the Kentucky Archaeological Survey would like to hear from you.  It is as simple as printing out an Archaeological Site Survey Short Form, completing it and mailing it to the Kentucky Archaeological Survey.  We will do the rest and provide you with the archaeological site number, we obtain from the University of Kentucky Office of State Archaeology.

Because the official form is eight pages long, the Kentucky Archaeological Survey developed a shortened version for people who want to report sites, but who do not have the time or experience to complete the long form.  We hope the short survey form will make it easier for you to report prehistoric and historic archaeological sites.

The information you provide about the site and its location is strictly confidential.  The Office of State Archaeology's site records are not open to the public and are available for use only by professional archaeologists, researchers and land managers/land-use planners. Reporting sites in no way jeopardizes site ownership nor does it mean that a recorded site must be open to the public for visitation.  Recording a site contributes to our understanding of Kentucky's past and is a way to preserve the past for the future.  Knowing where sites are means we can avoid destroying them inadvertently through construction or development: we cannot protect something if we do not know that it exists.

The form should be mailed to A. Gwynn Henderson, Coordinator, Kentucky Archaeological Registry, Kentucky Archaeological Survey, 1020-A Export Street, Lexington, Kentucky 40506-9854. If you have questions about completing the short form you can contact Gwynn by email at or by phone at 859-257-1919.

We thank you for your interest in preserving Kentucky's archaeological heritage!


Last Updated 1/30/2010