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25th Annual KY Heritage Council Archaeology Conference slated March 7-9 at Northern Kentucky University

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, March 05, 2008  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A tour of prehistoric and historic sites throughout Boone County and presentations about archaeological investigations and research that have been conducted across the state in the last year will highlight the 25th Annual Kentucky Heritage Council Archaeology Conference Friday through Sunday, March 7-9 at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, a joint program of the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office and the University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology; the Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists (KYOPA); and the NKU departments of Sociology, Anthropology and Philosophy.

"Twenty-five years is a tremendous milestone, and it has given us an important opportunity to educate a wider audience and cross-section of individuals about archaeological research that has taken place in every county and corner of the state," said Donna M. Neary, Kentucky Heritage Council executive director and state historic preservation officer. 

"It is impressive when you consider the knowledge that has been shared through these conferences and which has contributed to our understanding about all eras of our past, from the lives of prehistoric, paleo-Indian cultures right up to brick making practices of the late 19th century," added Dr. David Pollack, manager of the Heritage Council’s site protection program and director of the Kentucky Archaeological Survey.  "Most important, more than 180 papers presented at these conferences have been published by the Heritage Council, making all this information accessible to professionals and non-professionals alike."

The Boone County tour kicks off the conference at 1 p.m. Friday, including visits to Big Bone Lick State Park, Split Rock, Rabbit Hash and several Adena mound sites.

The research program begins at 9 a.m. Saturday in Room 200 of the Business, Education and Psychology Building on the NKU campus, with presentations by professional archaeologists and researchers covering a variety of topics and areas of study spanning all eras of Kentucky history and prehistory.  These will include An Overview of the Historic Fire Brick Industry in Northeast Kentucky by Heritage Council archaeologist Charles Hockensmith; Ancestor Veneration in Early Woodland Kentucky by Michael Striker, part-time anthropology instructor at Northern Kentucky University and senior principal investigator of Gray and Pape, Inc.; and The Gaines Tavern Public Archaeology Project by Jeannine Kreinbrink, adjunct professor of anthropology and history at NKU and a principal investigator for Natural and Ethical Environmental Solutions, LLC.  Presentations will continue 9 a.m. to noon Sunday.

At 2:30 p.m. Saturday, KYOPA will host an awards ceremony recognizing outstanding achievement by its members.  Recipients will be Dr. A. Gwynn Henderson of Lexington, Kentucky Archaeological Survey education coordinator, award for public education; Dr. Fred E. Coy, Jr., of Louisville, avocational contribution; and Dr. R. Berle Clay of Lexington, senior project archaeologist and principal investigator for Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc., lifetime achievement.

The Kentucky Heritage Council Archaeology Conference is open to anyone interested in Kentucky history.  Registration is $20, payable at the door.  For information, contact Yvonne Sherrick at the Heritage Council, 502-564-7005, ext. 112 or  For a complete schedule of presentations, or more information about the Kentucky Archaeological Survey and Kentucky’s prehistoric cultures, see the Heritage Council Web site,

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An agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of historic 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 3/5/2008