Kentucky Heritage Council
September designated Kentucky Archaeology Month; events center on 25th anniversary of Living Archaeology Weekend Sept. 20-21 at Gladie Cultural-Environmental Learning Center
FRANKFORT, Ky. – September has been designated Archaeology Month in Kentucky, with activities including lectures and hands-on public excavations planned across the state. Events are being coordinated by the Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists (KyOPA), in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of Living Archaeology Weekend, Sept. 20-21, at Gladie Cultural-Environmental Learning Center in Red River Gorge.
This is the first observance of Kentucky Archaeology Month, created to celebrate the state’s rich historic and prehistoric past revealed through the professional study of archaeology. Another goal is to generate greater awareness and appreciation of what archaeology and the research of artifacts and land features have yet to tell us about early cultures and previous generations.
“Kentucky is known worldwide for some of its archaeological resources, like the Archaic shell middens of the Green River, the 5,000-year-old center of plant domestication in the Red River Gorge, and the famous Adena mound and earthwork sites of the Bluegrass region,” said Craig Potts, Kentucky Heritage Council executive director and state historic preservation officer.
“But archaeology has much more to offer,” he said. “Using little more than the remnants of daily life people left behind, archaeology has helped tell the story of Kentucky from the earliest indigenous peoples who entered the region 13,000 years ago, to a recently-discovered Civil War encampment at Ashland, the Henry Clay estate in Lexington.”
Since 1989, Living Archaeology Weekend has educated visitors about the cultural practices and skills of Native Americans and early Kentucky pioneers. Demonstrations by specialists include how to tan animal hides, weave baskets, make pottery, mill corn and throw spears with an atlatl. Pottery, flint knapping (the making of spear and weapon points), blacksmithing and cooking are also featured. Presenters will include representatives from the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians of Oklahoma.
Hundreds of preregistered school students will take part in demonstrations on Friday, Sept. 20, and registration is closed. The public is invited to attend free from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.
Living Archaeology Weekend is presented by the U.S. Forest Service/Daniel Boone National Forest, the Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists, and the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, a partnership of the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office and University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology. For more, see www.livingarchaeologyweekend.org.
KyOPA was founded to strengthen the identification of archaeology as a profession, encourage high standards in the training of archaeologists, support ethical behavior and responsible archaeological practice, and communicate the importance of archaeological research and the preservation of Kentucky’s cultural heritage brought about through professional practice.
Following are Kentucky Archaeology Month activities; for a complete listing, see www.kyopa-org.org:
Monday, Sept. 9
American Indians in Kentucky, public lecture focusing on Kentucky Native Americans, and myths and misperceptions that persist about these earliest settlers of the Commonwealth
7 to 8 p.m., Madison County Extension Office, 30 Duncannon Lane, Richmond
Contact Nancy Lake, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, Sept. 12
Project Archaeology Workshop, part of the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education Annual Conference, open to teachers and educators. Project Archaeology uses archaeological inquiry to foster understanding of past and present cultures, improve social studies and science education, and enhance citizenship education
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lake Barkley State Resort Park Lodge, Cadiz; cost $50, conference registration required
Contact Angela Poe, email@example.com, or visit www.kaee.org/conference/
Friday, Sept. 13
Archaeological Outing to the Mounds of Canton, part of the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education Annual Conference; open to conference registrants
9 a.m. to Noon, conference registration required
Contact Angela Poe, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.kaee.org/conference/
Saturday, Sept. 14
Archaeology Day, sponsored by Falls of the Ohio Archaeological Society, featuring archaeological activities for all ages
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Falls of the Ohio State Park and Interpretive Center, Clarksville, Ind.
Call 812-280-9970 or visit www.fallsoftheohio.org
Archaeology in Action, featuring an archaeological excavation in progress; archaeological tours of the White Hall property will be offered at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., White Hall State Historic Site, Richmond
Contact Dr. Jon Endonino, email@example.com
Friday, Sept. 20
Archaeology Behind the Scenes, tour of an archaeological laboratory where visitors can learn how to wash, sort and identify artifacts from the White Hall archaeological site
Noon to 4 p.m., Eastern Kentucky University Archaeology Laboratory, Moore Building 329, Richmond
Contact Jon Endonino, firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20-21
Living Archaeology Weekend, 25th Anniversary, an annual event offering a variety of educational activities in American Indian and pioneer lifeways, archaeological interpretation and site preservation
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday (preregistered school groups only; registration closed)
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, free and open to the public, Gladie Cultural-Environmental Learning Center in Red River Gorge
Call 606-663-8100 or visit www.livingarchaeologyweekend.org
Public Archaeology at the Conrad Redware Kiln, during Jeffersontown’s Gaslight Festival
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, 10320 Watterson Trail, Jeffersontown
Contact Anne Bader, email@example.com, or visit www.jtownchamber.com
Saturday, Sept. 21
“Nature Tech” at Maywoods Family Nature Day, a display and demonstrations of tools and weapons that Native Americans made from forest resources
10 a.m. to Noon, Maywoods Center for Environmental Education, 447 Maywoods Road, Crab Orchard
Contact Jon Endonino, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.naturalareas.eku.edu
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22
100 Years on the Ohio: A Living Timeline of Louisville’s First Century, featuring an archaeological dig and historical re-enactors demonstrating the tools, weaponry, clothing, pastimes and cooking of the years ranging from 1765 to 1865, among other activities
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at Riverside, The Farnsley-Moremen Landing, Louisville; admission $6 for adults, $5 seniors, $3 children, $15 family
Contact Jay Stottman, email@example.com, or visit www.riverside-landing.org
Tuesday, Sept. 24
Bluegrass Heritage Museum Tuesday Trolley Tour: Laboratory Visit/Indian Old Fields, tour of the University of Kentucky archaeology research laboratory. Visitors will view artifacts from the Indian Old Fields area in Clark County
5 to 8 p.m., departs from Bluegrass Heritage Museum, 217 S. Main Street, Winchester; cost $15, registration required
Contact Sandy Stults, firstname.lastname@example.org or 859-745-1358, or visit www.bgheritage.com
Wednesday, Sept. 25
Davis Bottom: Rare History, Valuable Lives, screening of a new documentary produced by Voyageur Group Inc., the Kentucky Archaeological Survey and Kentucky Heritage Council, focusing on the history of this community, which drew African Americans, Europeans and Appalachian families to Lexington in search of jobs, education and a better quality of life
4 to 5:30 p.m., William T. Young Library, University of Kentucky campus
Contact David Pollack, email@example.com or 859-257-1944
Friday, Sept. 27
Archaeological Investigations of a Historic Saltpeter Cave in Hart County, public lecture by Dr. Darlene Applegate
3 p.m., Western Kentucky University, Environmental Sciences and Technology Building, Room 260, Bowling Green
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or David Keeling, email@example.com, or visit www.wku.edu
Saturday, Sept. 28
Friends of Wickliffe Mounds Appreciation Day, with special exhibits about archaeology and the importance of preserving sites
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site, Wickliffe
An organizational meeting for Friends of Wickliffe Mounds will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Welcome Center
Contact Carla Hildebrand, firstname.lastname@example.org or 270-335-3681, or visit www.parks.ky.gov
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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, tourism, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life. www.heritage.ky.gov