Kentucky Heritage Council
Ceremony Friday will pay tribute to Kentucky Archaeology Month and Living Archaeology Weekend, Kentucky's oldest and largest public archaeology event
WHAT: Presentation of the Kentucky Archaeology Month gubernatorial proclamation to kick off the 26th annual Living Archaeology Weekend (LAW), Kentucky’s oldest and largest public archaeology event
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19
WHERE: Historic Gladie Cabin, located at Gladie Visitor Center, 3451 Sky Bridge Road, in the Red River Gorge area of Daniel Boone National Forest
Bob Stewart, secretary, Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet
Bill Lorenz, acting supervisor, Daniel Boone National Forest (DBNF)
David Breetzke, president, Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists (KyOPA)
Dr. George Crothers, director, University of Kentucky William S. Webb Museum of Anthropology and Office of State Archaeology
Craig Potts, executive director, Kentucky Heritage Council and state historic preservation officer
Helen Danser, chair, Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission
Absentee Shawnee Tribe representative
Fifth Grade students from Southside Elementary School, Lee County; Botts Elementary, Menifee County; and Tilden Hogge Elementary, Rowan County
WHY: Earlier this month, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear proclaimed September as Kentucky Archaeology Month, to commemorate the contributions made to Kentucky’s culture through the professional practice of archaeology and pay tribute to the success of Living Archaeology Weekend. This free, two-day event offers high-quality educational experiences and outreach for schoolchildren and the public, with demonstrations focusing on archaeology, American Indian and pioneer technology and lifeways, and site preservation.
The presentation ceremony will be a fun opportunity for state officials and area students to interact in demonstrations such as hide tanning, cattail mat-making, pump drills and spear throwing, as well as pioneer demonstrations taking place at Gladie Cabin, a reconstructed log home dating to the early 1800s.
Preregistered students will participate in activities throughout the day. The public is invited to interact with the same demonstrators from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20. Admission is free.
LAW is presented by the U.S. Forest Service/DBNF, KyOPA, and the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, a partnership of the Kentucky Heritage Council and UK Department of Anthropology. For more, see www.livingarchaeologyweekend.org
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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 archaeological 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, heritage tourism, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life. www.heritage.ky.gov