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Kentucky Heritage Council
19th Annual Living Archaeology Weekend September 19-20 at Gladie Historic Site

Press Release Date:  Friday, September 12, 2008  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

FRANKFORT, Ky. – If you’ve wondered what life was like in Kentucky 1,000 years ago, satisfy your curiosity September 19-20 at the 19th Annual Living Archaeology Weekend at Gladie Historic Site in Powell County.  The prehistoric past will be revived as archaeologists, craftsmen and members of the Cherokee and Shawnee tribes demonstrate the ways ancient cultures went about the business of daily living. 

“This is a unique opportunity for families and the public to learn more about Native American lifeways and culture prior to Europeans settling the region,” said Dr. David Pollack, manager of the Kentucky Heritage Council’s site protection program and director of the Kentucky Archaeological Survey.  “These demonstrations will be authentic representations of how Native Americans lived, worked and played in prehistoric Kentucky.”

For the past two weeks, archaeologists with the Kentucky Archaeological Survey have been visiting elementary school classrooms in Fayette, Clark and Powell counties to talk to students about activities they will be experiencing and what archaeologists have learned about Native American cultures in Kentucky.  The Kentucky Archaeological Survey is a partnership between the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office and University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology.

Hosted by Daniel Boone National Forest, the Living Archaeology Weekend will take place outdoors in the scenic Red River Gorge behind the Gladie Cultural and Environmental Learning Center.  Conducted annually since 1989, the two-day event features various primitive skills that were once used by Native Americans and the pioneers in Kentucky.  Primitive technology specialists will be demonstrating how to make stone tools, tan animal hides and throw spears with an atlatl. The art of primitive pottery, basketry and native cooking will also be featured.  Early pioneer demonstrations will include a hand-cranked corn sheller and a hand-turned stone corn mill.

On Friday, September 19, demonstrations will be conducted for school groups that have scheduled attendance in advance.  The program is designed to meet the Kentucky Department of Education’s fifth and eighth grade social studies core content requirements.  Nearly 1,000 students, teachers and parents are expected to attend.

On Saturday, September 20, the event is open to the general public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. No reservations or prior arrangements are necessary. Admission is free.

In addition to Daniel Boone National Forest, the Living Archaeology Weekend is presented in cooperation with the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, Kentucky Heritage Council, UK Department of Anthropology, Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission, Red River Historical Society and the Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists.  Other sponsors include the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Southeastern Archaeological Conference, John Milner Associates, Inc., AMEC Earth and Environmental Services, Wilbur Smith Associates, American Resources Group, Ltd., University of Kentucky Program for Archaeological Research, Gray and Pape, Inc., Vincent Versluis-Great Rivers Archaeological Services, Corn Island Archaeology, LLC, GAI Consultants, Inc., ASC Group, Inc., Ronnie Hazlett and Justin Eldridge (, Falls of the Ohio Archaeological Society, Patty Jo Watson, Richard Stallings, Kathryn J. and Michael McGrath, Susan and Robert Neumeyer, Rick Burdin, Anita Spears, Western Kentucky University, Eastern Kentucky University, The Society for the Preservation of Old Mills/Kentucky Chapter, and Wal-Mart.

For more information, visit the Daniel Boone National Forest Web site at or contact Chris Jenkins at (859) 745-3100.

DIRECTIONS: From Lexington, take Interstate 64 east to Exit 98 (Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway, #402); take the parkway to Exit 33 (Slade Exit); at the end of the exit ramp turn left and go 1/10 of a mile to the junction of KY 11/KY 15. Go 1.5 miles west on KY 15 to KY 77, and follow the signs.

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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 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 9/12/2008