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28th Annual Kentucky Heritage Council Archaeology Conference to convene this weekend at Natural Bridge State Resort Park

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, March 16, 2011  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Professional archaeologists from across the Commonwealth will gather this weekend at Natural Bridge State Resort Park for the 28th Annual Kentucky Heritage Council Archaeology Conference, where participants will learn about diverse research projects and archaeological investigations throughout the state from a range of historic and prehistoric time periods.  Conference co-sponsors are the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, a joint program of the Heritage Council and University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology; the Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists (KYOPA); and Daniel Boone National Forest.
The conference will begin Friday, March 18 with a guided tour of three significant historic furnace sites in Estill County, including Cottage Furnace, Estill Furnace and Fitchburg Furnace, which operated from 1869 to 1873.  The Fitchburg site has been the subject of intensive archaeological, historical and architectural investigations and was recently restored by the Daniel Boone National Forest, a division of the U.S. Forest Service, with cooperation from the University of Kentucky and nonprofit group Friends of the Furnace.

Presentations Saturday and Sunday will focus on findings from Archaic sites and a Woodland “fort” along the Green River; Late Prehistoric villages, settlement patterns and material culture ranging from far western Kentucky to the Falls of the Ohio to the central Bluegrass region; and 19th-century sites from across the state including cemeteries, a pottery kiln, homesteads and a grist mill, among others.

At 3 p.m. Saturday, a panel discussion on Indian Head Rock and its impact on Kentucky archaeology will take place with a panel of professionals who were involved in the court case and the artifact’s eventual return to the Commonwealth.  The eight-ton boulder was illegally retrieved from a registered archaeological site in the Ohio River in 2007 by a dive team from Portsmouth, Ohio, who had not sought authorization from the state of Kentucky, the Army Corps of Engineers or any official agency to remove the protected antiquity.

The Kentucky Heritage Council Archaeology Conference is open to anyone interested in Kentucky history or prehistory.  Registration is $10 for the tour only, $20 for the conference only, or $25 for both, 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 Heritage Council, Kentucky Archaeological Survey or Kentucky’s prehistoric and historic cultures, visit

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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 3/16/2011