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Kentucky Archaeological Survey Publication Series

The Kentucky Archaeological Survey publication series features short booklets written for the general public about Kentucky archaeological sites and topics. Grades: 9-12. Single copies available free to teachers for classroom use. Below, purchase Kentuckians Before Boone at The University Press of Kentucky. All other booklets are available for access and downloading at Kentucky Libraries Unbound (KLU) - search by title.

Kentuckians Before Boone

By A. Gwynn Henderson (1992)

Describes the lives of one Native American family in central Kentucky in the year 1585. Fishes-With-Hands, his wife She-Who-Watches, and their family grind corn, make cooking pots, and build their homes while in their summer village. In autumn, they attend the funeral and mourning feast of Masked-Eyes. Then they move to their winter hunting camp, where they process nuts, make arrows, and hunt and butcher animals in preparation for the winter. Readers will soon realize that their lives and experiences in many ways parallel those of this family from Kentucky's not-so-distant past. Published by University Press of Kentucky, 64 pages.

Kentucky Archaeological Survey Educational Series

#1 Slack Farm and the Caborn-Welborn People

By David Pollack, Cheryl Ann Munson, and A. Gwynn Henderson (1996)

Describes the lifeways of the prehistoric Caborn-Welborn people, a village farming society that lived in western Kentucky from about A.D. 1400-1700. Information about the modern-day looting of the Slack Farm site in 1988 and what was learned as a result of research there is also presented. Black-and-white photographs and drawings illustrate how these people lived. ISBN 978-1-934492-00-0, 30 pages.

#2 Mute Stones Speak: Archaic Lifeways of the Encarpment Region in Jackson County, Kentucky

By William E. Sharp and A. Gwynn Henderson (1997), prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service

Describes the lifeways of hunters and gatherers who lived in Eastern Kentucky 8,000 years ago and discusses how archaeologists learn about the past from the artifacts people left behind. Black-and-white photographs and drawings. ISBN 978-1-934492-01-7, 16 pages.

#3 Prehistoric Hunters and Gatherers: Kentucky's First Pioneers

By Leon Lane, Eric J. Schlarb, and A. Gwynn Henderson (1998)
Draws on Paleoindian research carried out in Kentucky in general and the mountainous portions of Cumberland and Clinton counties in particular. Focusing exclusively on Paleoindian and Early Archaic lifeways, it presents a new explanation for how the earliest peoples colonized and settled Kentucky. Black-and-white photographs and drawings. ISBN 978-1-934492-02-4, 16 pages.

#4 Forests, Forest Fires & Their Makers: The Story of Cliff Place Pond, Jackson County, Kentucky

By Paul A. Delcourt, Hazel R. Delcourt, Cecil R. Ison, William E. Sharp, and A. Gwynn Henderson (1999),  prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service

Tells the 10,000-year-long environmental and human story of Keener Point Knob, based on research carried out at a small ridgetop pond and nearby rockshelters by paleoecologists, archaeologists, and fire ecologists. It describes the changes in forest vegetation brought about by changes in climate and through prehistoric peoples' use of fire to manipulate the forest as they turned to a gardening way of life. Also discusses how paleoecologists and archaeologists go about their research. Black-and-white photographs and drawings. ISBN 978-1-934492-03-1, 28 pages.

#5 Taming Yellow Creek: Alexander Arthur, the Yellow Creek Canal & Middlesborough, Kentucky

By Maria Campbell Brent (2002), prepared in cooperation with the Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District

Presents the history of Alexander Arthur's attempts to build a modern city in the mountains of Bell County in the late 1800s during America's "Guilded Age." Illustrated with black-and-white archival photographs. ISBN 978-1-934492-04-8, 30 pages.

#6  Bringing the Past into the Future: The Reconstruction of the Detached Kitchen at Riverside

By Patti Linn and M. Jay Stottman (2003), prepared in cooperation with the Riverside: The Farnsley-Moremen Landing

Descibes the discovery, reconstruction, and interpretation of Riverside's first detached kitchen (circa late 1830s). Archaeologists, historians, local volunteers and area school children collaborated on this fascinating project. Illustrated with black-and-white archival photographs. ISBN 978-1-934492-05-5, 34 pages.

#7 Hunters and Gatherers of the Green River Valley

By A. Gwynn Henderson and Rich Burdin (2006), prepared in cooperation with the William S. Webb Museum of Anthropology with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Drawing on a wealth of information collected from the region's world-famous shell midden sites, the authors describe the prehistoric lifeways, technology, and health of the people who lived in west-central Kentucky 5,000 years ago. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs, many of which are archival, and original line drawings. ISBN 978-1-934492-06-2, 32 pages.

#8 The Prehistoric Farmers of Boone County, Kentucky

By A. Gwynn Henderson (2006), produced at the request of the Boone County Historic Preservation Review Board and funded in part by a Federal Survey and Planning Grant to the board from the Kentucky Heritage Council and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

This booklet discusses the history of the Fort Ancient people (A.D. 1000-1750), touching on their houses, the layout of their villages, their foodways and technology, their health and diseases, their social and political organization, what they traded, and something of their religious beliefs. Features information recovered from the 2004 investigations of a prehistoric village disturbed by the construction of a basement in Petersburg, Kentucky. Color. ISBN 978-1-934492-07-9, 48 pages.

#9 Adena: Woodland Period Moundbuilders of the Bluegrass

By A. Gwynn Henderson and Eric J. Schlarb (2007), with funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Museums for America and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Describes the lifeways, ritual sites, and burial practices of the Adena people, a hunting-gathering-gardening culture that built large earthen burial mounds in central Kentucky from 500 B.C. to A.D. 200. Color. ISBN 978-1-934492-08-6, 48 pages.

#10 Frankfort's Forgotten Cemetery

By David Pollack, A. Gwynn Henderson, and Peter E. Killoran (2009), with preparation and printing funded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky's Finance Cabinet

Reports on the rediscovery of a mid-19th century cemetery that lay beneath buildings and parking lots in downtown Frankfort. The Old Frankfort Cemetery was an integrated burial ground for working-class people of African, European, and mixed heritage descent. This booklet illustrates what can be learned from the study of human bones, and provides portraits of some of the deceased created by the project's forensic artist. Color. ISBN 978-1-934492-09-3, 72 pages, larger format.

Additional Information

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