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KHC Archaeology Conference

The Kentucky Heritage Council (KHC) is the State Historic Preservation Office and an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. KHC is responsible for the identification, protection, and preservation of prehistoric resources and historic buildings, sites, and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth.

The annual KHC Archaeology Conference is hosted by staff each year to highlight the cultural resources of the Commonwealth. Open to the public, professionals in the field of historic preservation are invited to give presentations on current projects in Kentucky. 

38th Annual Archaeology Conference: March 1-6, 2021 

Due to the global pandemic, the 38th annual conference will be held virtually. All papers, posters, and events may be accessed through this webpage. If you have any questions, please contact Vanessa Hanvey at vanessa.hanvey@ky.gov

Virtual Attendance 

Attendance to and engagement with the 38th Annual KHC Archaeology Conference is open to the public and free. All conference papers, posters, and events will be virtual and may be accessed through this webpage. The following virtual platforms will be used: 

YouTube – All paper presentations will be viewable on YouTube. Viewers are encouraged to leave questions or comments in the Chat. Private links for each presentation are available below under the Conference Papers and Posters section. 

A virtual tour of the Saltpetre Cave at Carter Caves State Park will be premiered live on YouTube. More information about the tour and a link to the event is available below under the Conference Events section. 

Zoom – All other live events will be held on the Zoom Virtual Meeting platform. If you do not have a Zoom account, signup for free. Information about live events is available below under the Conference Events section.  

Facebook – Please be on the lookout for conference updates on the Kentucky Heritage Council Facebook page

Conference Events 

Monday, March 1 

Recorded paper presentations will be available for viewing on the KHC Archaeology Conference YouTube channel. Posters will be viewable on this webpage. Abstracts, authors, and private links to each paper and poster may be accessed below in the Conference Papers and Posters section. 

Friday, March 5 

TBD – Virtual Tour of the Saltpetre Cave at Carter Caves State Park  
Led by Susan Neumeyer of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, this tour focuses on her thesis research into the saltpeter mining for the War of 1812. This will be a premier event on the Carter Caves State Park YouTube channel as the tour was filmed during the Summer of 2020 when the cave was closed to the public due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Viewers are encouraged to engage in discussion or pose questions to Ms. Neumeyer in the chat during this live event! For more information about this event, please email Vanessa Hanvey at vanessa.hanvey@ky.gov

YouTube: Link Coming soon!

Saturday, March 6 

11:00 AM EST – Living Archaeology Weekend (LAW) Virtual Video Series 
The LAW steering committee will introduce its new video series and premiere the first episode, "American Indian Textiles," during this live event. For more than 30 years LAW has been the largest annual public archaeology event in Kentucky offering demonstrations on American Indian and pioneer technologies (2018 archive photo). If you would like more information about this event, please email Dr. Gwynn Henderson at Gwynn.Henderson@wku.edu

Zoom: Request a link to this event by emailing vanessa.hanvey@ky.gov  

1:00 PM (EST) – Question and Answer Session with Authors 
Conference attendees will have the opportunity to talk with the authors of papers and posters during this live event. If you would like more information about this event, please email Vanessa Hanvey at vanessa.hanvey@ky.gov

Zoom: Request a link to this event by emailing vanessa.hanvey@ky.gov   

3:00 PM EST – Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologist (KYOPA) Business Meeting 
Open to current and soon-to-be members of KYOPA, this meeting will be held on Zoom. If you would like more information about this event, please email Duane Simpson at duane.simpson@cardno.com

Zoom: Request a link to this event by emailing vanessa.hanvey@ky.gov   


Conference Papers and Posters 

Coming Soon! 
  

Current Archaeological Research in Kentucky 

If you would like to read previous papers presented at the KHC Annual Archaeology Conference, please visit the Current Archaeological Research in Kentucky publications

Since 1983, KHC staff have published papers presented at the annual archaeology conference. Presented as a series of professional publications, these papers cover a broad range of topics relating to Kentucky archaeology. These publications highlight current research and exploration of Kentucky's archaeological resources. 


Call for Submissions 

Turn your current or previous KHC paper into a submission for Current Archaeological Research in Kentucky! More information may be found on our Submissions page. Editors are seeking submission for Volume 11 and a special issue focusing broadly on Western Kentucky.