35th Annual Kentucky Heritage Council Archaeology Conference March 2-4, 2018 Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park

The 35th Annual Kentucky Heritage Council Archaeology Conference will be hosted in partnership with the Wickliffe Mounds State Park, Land between the Lakes National Recreation Area, Tennessee Valley Authority, the Kentucky Archaeology Survey and the Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists. The conference will take place at the Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park in Gilbertsville, KY. A block of rooms has been reserved for the conference. Please call 270-362-4271 to reserve a cottage or room at the lodge. Be sure to tell them you are with the Kentucky Heritage Council Archaeology Conference. If you would like to register for the conference in advance, please provide Yvonne Sherrick with a completed application and check. (Link provided here KHC Archaeology Conference Registration_2018 ) Regular conference registration is $25.00. The student rate is $20.00.


Conference Information:

Conference presentation slots are full! Events and presentations have been scheduled beginning at 9am, Friday, March 2, running through noon, Sunday, March 4. We have presentations scheduled by archaeologists, historians, and architectural historians. Don’t miss out on discussions pertaining to cemeteries and Traditional Cultural Properties. There are three tours available this year. Tours have been scheduled so that you can participate in all three tours without missing any presentations.


Kentucky Lake Lock and Dam Tour (9am-10:30am central): 265 Kentucky Lock Rd.
Grand Rivers, KY 42045, (270) 362-4226

Space is limited to 20 people for this tour. Pre-registration is required. Please email Nick Laracuente at nicolas.laracuente@ky.gov to reserve your space on this tour. Folks can meet at the Kentucky Dam Village lobby at 8:30 am Friday to caravan. Hard hats, safety glasses and ear plugs will be provided by the plant. The following appropriate attire is required:

  • Sturdy shoes, closed toe, no high heels
  • Long pants
  • No loose clothing



KYLock and Dam

Image from: http://www.lrn.usace.army.mil/Locations/Navigation-Locks/Tennessee-River/Kentucky/


Behind the Scenes at Wickliffe Mounds Tour (11 am-2 pm central): Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site, 94 Green St., Wickliffe, KY 42087, (270) 335-3681

 Carla Hildebrand will lead a 45-minute Behind-the-Scenes tour and be available for questions. You are invited to take a self-guided tour of the mound site following the tour. Meet at the Visitor’s Center. For those that are interested in the TVA tour and this tour, drive time from Kentucky Dam Village to Wickliffe Mounds is just under one hour.



Image from: greatriverroad.com


Walking Tours at Land Between the Lakes

Land Between the Lakes (3pm-5pm central): Golden Pond, 238 Visitor Center Dr.,
Golden Pond, KY, (270) 924-2233 

Christopher Thornock will lead participants on a tour of two outdoor exhibits to talk about Heritage Interpretation as part of Outdoor Recreation. Learn more about the interesting archaeology of historic sites at LBL while experiencing some innovative ways of interpreting these sites for the public. Meet at the Visitor’s Center. Drive time from Wickliffe Mounds to LBL is 1 hour, 30 minutes which should give folks ample time to drive to Golden Pond from the earlier tour at Wickliffe Mounds.


Photo provided by Christopher Thornock (LBL)



Kentucky Places – Kentucky Dam Village – Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, 113 Administration Dr., Gilbertsville, KY 42044, (270) 362-4271

Conclude your Friday with the first round of papers presented as part of the 35th Annual Kentucky Heritage Council Conference. This year, we are bringing back a version of the Kentucky Places conference that many more established preservation professionals may have participated in several years ago. Friday night will feature talks on ‘above-ground’ projects covering incredible work from on-going Cultural Historic surveys, to the benefits of Main Streets to Preservation, the rehab of a building into a historic house museum, and an overview of the digitizing project that will change the way you use and access above ground data in your everyday work.


More details will be coming as we assemble the final schedule.


We look forward to seeing you at the 35th Annual Kentucky Heritage Council Archaeology Conference!!!