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26th Annual Kentucky Heritage Council Archaeology Conference meets this weekend at Murray State University

Press Release Date:  Friday, March 06, 2009  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Presentations about archaeological investigations that have taken place throughout the state over the last year and a tour of the Kincaid site, a Mississippian mound in southern Illinois, will highlight the 26th Annual Kentucky Heritage Council Archaeology Conference Friday through Sunday, March 6-8 at Murray State University.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, a joint program of the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office and the University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology; Murray State University; and the Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists (KYOPA).

Research presentations begin at 9 a.m. Saturday in Room 315 of the Curris Center on the Murray State campus, with papers by professional archaeologists and researchers covering a variety of topics and areas of study spanning all eras of Kentucky history and prehistory.  On Saturday, these will include presentations on  Archaeology of the Upper Green River Biological Preserve in Hart County, Late Fort Ancient/Protohistoric Occupation of Rockshelters in the Red River Gorge Region of Eastern Kentucky, Fort Ancient Mortuary Practices at Clark Rockshelter, A Review of the Baumer Culture, The Terminal Archaic/Early Woodland Component of the Shippingport Site, Deep South Slave Trade, Shifting Economic Patterns in 19th Century Fayette County: A Case Study from Newtown Pike, Digitization and the Murray State University Archaeology Program, CAOS in Archaeology and Kentucky’s Cultural Resources GIS: Reflections on the Present and Conversation on the Future.

Sunday presentations will focus on the Panther Rock site as well as research at Fitchburg Furnace and papers on A Preliminary Survey of Fishhook Manufacturing Techniques in Eastern North America, Slave Dynamics at Auvergne in Bourbon County and Cherokee Use of Caves in Southeastern Kentucky.

The Kentucky Heritage Council Archaeology Conference is open to anyone interested in Kentucky history.  Registration is $20, payable at the door.  For information, contact the Heritage Council, 502-564-7005, ext. 113.  For a complete schedule of presentations, or more information about the Kentucky Archaeological Survey and Kentucky’s prehistoric cultures, see the Heritage Council Web site,

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An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of prehistoric resources and historic buildings, sites and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth, in partnership with other state and federal agencies, local communities and interested citizens.  This mission is integral to making communities more livable and has a far-ranging impact on issues as diverse as economic development, jobs creation, affordable housing, tourism, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life.


Last Updated 3/6/2009