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Daniel Boone National Forest to again host annual Living Archaeology Weekend September 24-25 at Red River Gorge

Press Release Date:  Friday, September 17, 2010  
Contact Information:  Kimberly Morgan

WINCHESTER, Ky. – The Daniel Boone National Forest will again host the Living Archaeology Weekend Sept. 24-25, with activities taking place outdoors behind the Gladie Cultural-Environmental Learning Center in the Red River Gorge.

Conducted annually since 1989, this event illustrates the cultural practices and skills of Native Americans and early pioneers in Kentucky.  Specialists will demonstrate how to make stone tools, tan animal hides and throw spears with an atlatl.  Pottery, basketry and native cooking will also be featured.

“It’s a unique hands-on opportunity, and the Red River Gorge provides the perfect setting for visitors to experience this area’s rich cultural history,” said Wayna Adams, Forest Archaeologist in Winchester.

Representatives from the Absentee Shawnee Tribe and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee will be among the program participants.  The Absentee Shawnee will exhibit current items that represent their culture and perform a traditional stomp dance.  The United Keetoowah Band will demonstrate their traditional game of marbles, which is played with large handmade stones.
On Friday, Sept. 24, program demonstrations are open to fifth-grade students only from school groups that have pre-registered to attend. During this time, the event serves as an outdoor classroom to help students better understand their textbook studies concerning Native Americans, pioneers and cultural heritage.

On Saturday, Sept. 25, 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.

The Daniel Boone National Forest presents this special event in cooperation with the Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists and the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, a partnership of the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office and University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology.  Other sponsors are the Red River Historical Society, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission, AMEC Earth and Environmental Services, Vincent Versluis-Great Rivers Archaeological Services, GAI Consultants of Homestead, Western Kentucky University, Weisenberger Mills, Frenchburg Job Corps, and the Society for the Preservation of Old Mills-Kentucky Chapter.  For more information, visit the Daniel Boone National Forest website,, or call (606) 663-8100.

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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 9/17/2010