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2018 Kentucky Archaeology Month

For Immediate Release

Educational blog, family-friendly activities to mark September as Kentucky Archaeology Month 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 29, 2018) – September is Kentucky Archaeology Month, a time dedicated to educating the public about what professional archaeologists do, what the practice of archaeology entails, and what archaeology can tell us about the history of our state and the people who lived here before us.

For the third year, the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office (KHC) will post a blog, "30 Days of Kentucky Archaeology," with brief essays by archaeologists on topics ranging from light fare, such as "What's the Most Exciting Thing You've Ever Found?," to more serious issues, such as "Cold Case: Stolen Artifacts from Wickliffe Mounds." Follow at

"The blog is a great way for archaeologists to share their experiences with the people of Kentucky, and to generate discussion about what makes archaeology so special and important to everyone," said KHC archaeologist Nicole Konkol, blog organizer.

On Friday, Sept. 21, KHC archaeologists will partner with the Kentucky Historical Society and Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Capital Lodge No. 6, to host a free, family-friendly mock archaeological investigation from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. EDT during the Odd Fellows Market on the Old Capitol Lawn. Those planning to participate should arrive by 6:15; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

2018 marks the 30th anniversary of Kentucky's oldest and largest annual public archaeology event, Living Archaeology Weekend, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT Saturday, Sept. 22 at Gladie Visitor Center in the Red River Gorge area of Daniel Boone National Forest. This nationally recognized, award-winning program is free and features hands-on demonstrations of Native American and pioneer lifeways and technologies, including corn grinding, blacksmithing, hide tanning, flintknapping, and open-hearth cooking.

The event is co-sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, the Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists, and the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, jointly administered by KHC and the University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology. For more, see

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Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate in Lexington will host a Living History event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT Sept. 22, where archaeologists from the Kentucky Archaeological Survey will continue excavations in the slave quarter area, which the public is invited to drop by and observe.

Near Hardinsburg, an archaeology display presented by Konkol will be part of the free festivities for the 10th Annual Judge Joseph Holt House Community Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT Sept. 22 at the home, located at 6205 KY144. Born in Breckinridge County in 1807, Holt was appointed Army Judge Advocate General by President Abraham Lincoln, and in this role he presided over the trials of the Lincoln assassination conspirators.

The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its national significance in architecture, law, and politics, and is now owned by Breckinridge County Fiscal Court and in the process of rehabilitation. Artifacts to be displayed during community day were excavated from the site as part of an archaeological survey of the property.

Also on Sept. 22, Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site will host Archaeology Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CDT. Demonstrations of historic lifeways will include a mock archaeological dig, archaeology lab, and artifact table; a display of pottery, corn shuck dolls, weaving, plants and food; and samples of Native American foods prepared by the West Kentucky Community and Technical College Culinary Arts Program.

Activities are included with paid museum admission of $5 for adults, and $4 for children, seniors, and military members. The event is made possible in part by KHC and Ballard Bottoms Tourism Council. For more, see

From 2 to 3 p.m. EDT Thursday Sept. 27, Preservation Kentucky will present a free webinar, "Dispelling the Myth - The Archaeology of Kentucky's Ancient Peoples," with presenter A. Gwynn Henderson, Ph.D, an educator, public archaeologist, and member of the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission, administered by KHC.

Native American peoples have lived and made their homes in Kentucky for thousands of years. Drawing from the rich archaeological record of these ancient peoples, Dr. Henderson will review what archaeologists have learned and inferred about their diverse lifeways, technologies, settlements, and ritual sites. Register at

Corn Island Archaeology will conduct a public dig at their office in the Conrad Seaton House, 10320 Watterson Trail, Jeffersontown, during the annual Gaslight Festival Sept. 14-16. Visitors are invited to stop by for a chat or to help dig.

Kentucky Archaeology Month recognizes the professional practice of archaeology and its value to the Commonwealth, and the importance of protecting and preserving archaeological resources. KHC and the Kentucky Office of State Archaeology maintain an extensive and growing record of thousands of historic and prehistoric archaeological sites from across the Commonwealth, some of which are listed on the National Register or designated National Historic Landmarks.