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30th Annual Kentucky Heritage Council Archaeology Conference to convene Friday through Sunday in Lexington

Press Release Date:  Thursday, March 14, 2013  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

Please note: Activities are open only to conference participants. The archaeology tour is full; however, limited space may be available for local media based on interest. Individuals may still attend conference sessions by registering at the door.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A retrospective of major contributions to our understanding of Kentucky’s past, gleaned from archaeological research over the last three decades, and goals and trends for the future will be the focus of the 30th Annual Kentucky Heritage Council (KHC) Archaeology Conference convening Friday through Sunday in Lexington.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, a partnership between the University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology and KHC, which is the state historic preservation office; Preservation Kentucky Inc.; the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation; and the Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists. The annual gathering is the primary opportunity for professional archaeologists working in Kentucky to share findings, research and project updates from their investigation of historic and prehistoric archaeological sites across the state.

Highlights include:

  • An archaeology tour from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday of Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate and a prehistoric earthwork at Mount Horeb Complex (registration closed)
  • A forum, “The Future of Kentucky Archaeology,” from 2:30-5 p.m. Friday at Hunt-Morgan House, an open call for individuals to present brief presentations on potential future avenues of research, public engagement, methodology, advocacy, preservation, legislation, or other similar topics
  • A panel discussion, “Perspectives on 30 Years of Archaeology in Kentucky,” from 2-4:45 p.m. Saturday featuring presenters ranging from those who participated in the first conference in 1983 to archaeologists relatively new to the profession

All presentations except for the Friday forum will take place at Crowne Plaza Hotel (formerly Campbell House Inn), from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Saturday, with poster presentations beginning at 7 p.m., and again from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Saturday panel discussion topics will include accomplishments in methodology, legislation, and regional studies, especially the principal periods of prehistoric and early historic chronology. The panel will also explore settlement, subsistence and material culture studies, and lessons learned over the last 30 years in public- and education-oriented archaeology, historic archaeology, technological advances in methodology, and cultural resource management. Panelists will be challenged to identify projects or topics that may be deserving of greater recognition or attention than they received at the time of initial investigation, and articulate research goals they would like to see accomplished over the next five years – regardless of potential funding constraints.

Paper and poster presentations by professionals and students will cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • An archaeological dig at historic Fort Smith
  • Archaeological and vernacular architecture investigations of Massey Springs Resort and historic spring resort hotels in south-central Kentucky
  • The viticulture industry on Prospect Hill, Covington
  • A spatial analysis of prehistoric and historic artifacts recovered from excavations at Locust Grove Historic Site in Jefferson County
  • Early cut nails recovered from the Sullivan House and Cove Springs meat house/smokehouse in Frankfort
  • Progressivism and consumer choice represented in 20th century model coal towns
  • Distinctive Middle Fort Ancient ceramic decorative tradition, trends, projectile points and motifs from Fox Farm
  • The proposed Kenneth Barnes Archeological District and recent archaeological investigations of several Late Woodland occupations in Fulton County
  • The Custer Site investigations at Falls of the Ohio River
  • Scientific analyses of the Spring Branch Shelter collections
  • Underwater archaeology in Kentucky

The Kentucky Heritage Council Archaeology Conference is open to anyone interested in Kentucky history or prehistory. Registration for Saturday and Sunday is $20 for professionals, $10 for students, payable at the registration desk. For more information, call the Heritage Council at 502-564-7005, ext. 113. For a complete schedule or more about Kentucky’s prehistoric and historic cultures, visit

NOTE: Interested media are welcome to participate in the tour or attend presentations. For information, call Diane Comer, 502-564-7005, ext. 120 or email

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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 3/14/2013