Kentucky Heritage Council
27th Annual Kentucky Heritage Council Archaeology Conference this weekend, March 5-7, at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
FRANKFORT, Ky. – A field trip to the Blue Heron Mining Community and Barren Fork Coal Camp, and papers and presentations on research and archaeological investigations across Kentucky will highlight the 27th Annual Kentucky Heritage Council Archaeology Conference this weekend, March 5-7, at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park.
Topics will include historic archaeology conducted at Camp Frazier in Cynthiana and research about 20th Century Coal Mining Technology in Kentucky, as well as investigations of prehistoric sites studying a Mississippian Village and Cemetery in Livingston County, paleontological resources along a trail in Mammoth Cave National Park and four Middle Fort Ancient Sites in Boone County.
Activities will also include the introduction of a new book, Frankfort’s Forgotten Cemetery by Dr. David Pollock, Dr. A. Gwynn Henderson and Dr. Peter E. Killoran, detailing archaeological investigations of the remains of more than 200 Frankfort citizens buried and forgotten in the Old Frankfort Cemetery, excavated at the site where the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet building now stands. Research reveals details about the lives of these individuals such as how they lived, what they ate and how they might have looked.
The field trip departs at 1 p.m. Friday and presentations by professional archaeologists and other researchers begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the park lodge. Over the two days, topics will also focus on Ward Hall Cemetery in Georgetown, Western Cemetery in Louisville and a pictograph site in Letcher County; Late Archaic, Early Middle Woodland and Mississippian cultures; and new archaeological planning models that have been developed.
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 at 502-564-7005, ext. 112. For a complete schedule of presentations or more information about the Kentucky Archaeological Survey and Kentucky’s prehistoric cultures, visit www.heritage.ky.gov.
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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. www.heritage.ky.gov