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Information on the 38th Annual KHC Archaeology Conference is HERE! 

We're going virtual!!!

The KHC Archaeological Conference in spring 2021 will be held virtually. This is to ensure the continued safety of attendees. More information concerning a virtual tour, presentation instructions, and opportunities to interact will be announced after the New Year. Our goal is to make the 2021 conference accessible to everyone. If you have suggestions, questions, or concerns, please email


Call for Papers and Posters Presenters will record their presentation, which will be available for conference attendees to view. Abstracts are due no later than January 31, 2021. Please email abstracts to

New FREE Publication!

A new volume of Current Archaeological Research in Kentucky is available on the Kentucky Heritage Council website. Volume 10 is a compilation of contributing papers and papers presented at the annual KHC Archaeological Conference. Topics range from brick yards to extensive paleobotanical studies! This volume also includes a memorial for Mr. William (Bill) Huser and his papers presented at the conference in 2018. 

37th Annual KHC Archaeology Conference

Download the 2020 KHC Archaeology Conference agenda

Also a reminder for those interested in the 37th Annual Kentucky Archaeology Conference on Feb 28th – March 1st, 2020. The group rates for the Hyatt Place Bowling Green are only good through December 31, 2019:

  1. Go to 
  2. Choose dates February 28-March 1, 2020.
  3. Click Special Rates drop-down (rate should be $89.00) and enter G-KAFG in Corporate Code/Group Code box.
  4. Click “Check Availability” and choose your room.

For more information about Current Archaeological Research in Kentucky or to find out about submitting work to the future Volume 11, please contact Vanessa Hanvey of KHC at

2019 September activities celebrate Kentucky Archaeology Month

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2019) – September is Kentucky Archaeology Month, a time dedicated to educating the public about what professional archaeologists do, the methods and techniques of archaeology, and what archaeology can tell us about the history of our state and the people who lived here before us. 

For the fourth year, the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office (KHC) will host a blog, “30 Days of Kentucky Archaeology,” with brief essays by archaeologists, students, and public historians on topics ranging from earthworks to 3D scanning to native plants. Follow at

“The blog is a great way for archaeologists to highlight their research taking place in Kentucky. These blogs let us see how archaeology connects us to those who have come before us through common material culture, food, experiences, and more,” said KHC archaeologist Karen Stevens, organizer.

The 2019 Kentucky Archaeology Month poster features the Paleoindian Period in Kentucky, the first time a single archaeological era has been the focus click for a high-resolution image. The Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists (KyOPA) will offer free copies of the poster at events throughout the state and has also posted an online calendar at their website,

  • Archaeologist Dr. Stephen McBride will discuss the evolution of Camp Nelson – from farmland to Civil War fortification to county park to National Monument – at 6:30 p.m. EDT Monday, Sept 9 at Paul Sawyier Public Library, Frankfort. The presentation is free and sponsored by the library, the Frankfort Civil War Roundtable, and Capital City Museum. No registration required; for information see

  • Corn Island Archaeology will host a public archaeology dig at the Conrad-Seaton House, 10320 Watterson Trail, Jeffersontown, during the annual Gaslight Festival Sept. 13-15. Visitors are invited to stop by to chat or help excavate.

  • “Bourbon Archaeologist” Nick Laracuente will present “Forgotten Distilleries: An Introduction to Bourbon Archaeology” at 6 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Paul Sawyier Public Library and again at 6 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Scott County Public Library. Laracuente will step back in time to explore findings from archaeological investigations at two farm distilleries in Woodford County and what these forgotten histories can teach us about life and distilling in 1800s Kentucky. Both presentations are free but online registration is requested for the Frankfort event. Registration for the Scott County presentation is optional.

  • The largest annual public archaeology event in Kentucky, Living Archaeology Weekend, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT Saturday, Sept. 21, at Gladie Visitor Center in the Red River Gorge area of Daniel Boone National Forest. This free, family-friendly event features hands-on demonstrations of American Indian and pioneer lifeways and technologies, including hide tanning, spinning, flintknapping, and open-hearth cooking. For information and a list of sponsors, visit

  • Also Sept 21, Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site and KHC will co-sponsor Archaeology Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CDT. Hands-on demonstrations and activities will include a mock excavation, spear and atlatl throwing, flint knapping, finger and basket weaving, pottery making and other crafts. Visitors can participate in a drum circle, play musical instruments from indigenous cultures, and view displays of Native American foods and gourds. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children, seniors, and military service members. See for more.

Archaeology Month activities celebrate the professional practice of archaeology and its value to the Commonwealth as well as the importance of protecting and preserving historic and prehistoric archaeological resources. Thousands of sites have been documented across the state and some are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.