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Kentucky Archaeology Month September 2018

30 Days of Kentucky Archaeology

We are getting very excited about Archaeology Month 2018! September is the month to celebrate all things archaeology in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. We invite you to visit our blog, 30 Days of Kentucky Archaeology, to learn more. Visit the link now to see blogs from last year. The blog will be going live again this September with a new blog everyday throughout Kentucky Archaeology Month.

Kentucky Archaeology Month Activity in Frankfort

Archaeologists from the Kentucky Heritage Council are partnering with the Kentucky Historical Society and Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Capital Lodge No. 6 to host a family-friendly mock archaeological investigation on the Old Capitol Lawn. Please come and celebrate Kentucky Archaeology Month with the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) and Kentucky Heritage Council (KHC) during the September 21, 2018 Odd Fellows Market from 6:30 until 7:30. If you plan to participate, please be on the lawn by 6:15. (Please no children under 12 years of age without an adult.) 

35th Annual KY Heritage Council Archaeology Conference convenes March 2-4, 2018 in Western KY

A focus on cemeteries, traditional cultural properties, and other preservation issues will be at the forefront of the 35th Annual Kentucky Heritage Council (KHC) Archaeology Conference convening Friday through Sunday at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park in Gilbertsville.

The conference is an opportunity for professional archaeologists working in Kentucky and neighboring states to network and share information about their projects and research, as well as hear presentations by historians and architectural historians.

This year's conference is hosted in partnership with Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site, Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists (KyOPA), and the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, a partnership between the University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology and KHC, the state historic preservation office.

Friday activities kick off with a tour of Kentucky Lake Lock and Dam from 9 to 10:30 a.m. (limited to 20 participants); a behind-the-scenes tour at Wickliffe Mounds from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., led by park manager Carla Hildebrand; and walking tours at Land Between the Lakes (LBL) from 3 to 5 p.m., exploring two outdoor exhibits about archaeological sites in the area and innovative ways these are being interpreted for the public. Note all times are CST; tours free with registration.

New this year, Friday evening sessions will explore "Kentucky Places," topics that relate to above-ground historic resources that can help inform archaeological study. These include the Kentucky Main Street Program and why downtown revitalization matters, a remembrance of St. Matthews Hardware in Louisville, a look at the development of Kentucky State Parks into "tourist meccas," information about digitization of the Kentucky Historic Resources Inventory, and how a federal Section 106 review resulted in a collaboration that created the Newport History Museum at a neglected African American School.

Formal papers and poster presentations will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to noon Sunday. Topics in historic archaeology will focus on Late 19th-early 20th century farmsteads in McCracken County; an exploration of St. Stephen Church, the only remaining church in LBL, as a traditional cultural property; a look at the iron industry at LBL; coal mining activism in Eastern Kentucky; and applications of LiDAR imagery and archaeological investigations at Beech Grove Confederate Camp at the Battle of Mill Springs. Prehistoric research will include ritual Adena-Hopewell dispositions at the Winchester Farm Enclosure, evidence of meat sharing at a large Fort Ancient village in Mason County, and excavation results and analysis of macrobotanical remains from the Grizzly Newt Rock Shelter in Jackson County.

The conference is open to anyone interested in Kentucky history or prehistory. The cost is $25 per person or $20 for students, and participants may register at the door. For more information, email Yvonne Sherrick or call KHC at 502-892-3602, or visit for a detailed agenda.

Photo provided by Christopher Thornock, Land Between the Lakes program manager