Kentucky Heritage Council
32nd Annual KHC Archaeology Conference convenes this weekend at Lake Barkley State Resort Park

Press Release Date:  Thursday, March 12, 2015  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Best practices for rural historic archaeology, presentations about historic and prehistoric archaeological investigations at sites across Kentucky, and a memorial tribute to the late archaeologist Dr. Phillip R. Johnson II will be featured activities during the 32nd Annual Kentucky Heritage Council (KHC) Archaeology Conference, Friday through Sunday at Lake Barkley State Resort Park.

Archaeology conference flyerCo-sponsors are the Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists and the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, a partnership between the University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology and KHC, the state historic preservation office. Additional sponsors are Apogee Environmental and Archaeological Inc., UK’s Program for Archaeological Research, and Amec Foster Wheeler. Click flyer for a high-resolution version

The gathering is the primary opportunity for professional archaeologists working in Kentucky and neighboring states to network and share information about their work. Topics include updates on ongoing projects at Kincaid Mounds State Historic Site in southern Illinois, Falls of the Ohio in southern Indiana, Camp Nelson in Jessamine County, Wyatt Farmstead in Knox County and Fox Farm in Mays Lick.

Presentations cover all prehistoric periods: Paleoindian (12,000-14,000 to 8000 B.C.), Archaic (8000-1,000 B.C.), Woodland (1000 B.C. –A.D. 1000) and late Prehistoric (A.D. 1000-1750), and encompass Woodland, Mississippian and Fort Ancient peoples. Other topics include “In Search of a 1790’s Spanish Garrison at the Confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers,” “From the Frontier to the Preservation Movement: An Interdisciplinary Study of Washington” and “Bioarchaeological Investigation of the Calvin Cemetery in Boyd County,” as well as poster presentations, an architectural tour of the historic Lake Barkley Lodge and an archaeology-based session seeking input for the 2015-2020 Kentucky State Historic Preservation Plan.

Dr. Johnson served as Transportation Archaeology Review Coordinator for the Kentucky Heritage Council and passed away in January after a long illness. In 2013, he received his doctorate in anthropology from Texas A&M University, where his research primarily focused on how the organization of prehistoric stone tool production, distribution and consumption can inform archaeological interpretations of social complexity.

The conference is open to anyone interested in Kentucky history or prehistory. The cost is $20 per person ($15 for students), plus $5 for sponsored receptions each evening, and participants may register at the door. For more information, call KHC at 502-564-7005, ext. 113. For a complete schedule or more about the field of archaeology or archaeological research in Kentucky, visit

NOTE: Interested media are welcome. For information, call Diane Comer, 502-564-7005, ext. 120 or email

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An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of archaeological resources and historic buildings, sites and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth, in partnership with other state and federal agencies, local communities and interested citizens. This mission is integral to making communities more livable and has a far-ranging impact on issues as diverse as economic development, jobs creation, affordable housing, heritage tourism, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life. 
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