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By Karen Stevens
Kentucky Heritage Council

Welcome to Kentucky Archaeology Month and our 30 Days of Kentucky Archaeology Blog! September is always an exciting time in the Commonwealth, and not just because of the start of football season.

Kentucky archaeologist Karen Stevens excavating at a shell midden site on the Green River in western Kentucky

We are now in our fourth year of the 30 Days of Kentucky Archaeology Blog. If this is your first time visiting (or even if it isn’t) you can take a look back at past blogs here: 2016, 2017, 2018. If you are catching us in the middle of the month, you can find all blogs posted during the 2019 blogfest here.

Kentucky students learn about prehistoric pottery decoration at Living Archaeology Weekend, 2018.

Be sure to check out some of our most re-visited blogs, like the one on Prehistoric Textiles, the history of the myth of the “Dark and Bloody Ground,” or the history of Iron production (pre-Commonwealth!). See how archaeology connects us to those that have come before us through common material culture, food, experiences, and more.

A projectile point from Trigg County, KY, being photographed to create a 3D model.

This year we again have a wide range of topics that archaeologists and public historians want to tell you about! From knapped glass to crawdads to earthworks, our topics span the past 10,000+ years of Kentucky’s history.

Works Progress Administration (WPA) excavations in Ohio County, Kentucky. William S. Webb Museum of Anthropology.

In addition to this blog, there are several events scheduled throughout the month of September to celebrate Kentucky Archaeology Month. You can also check out the Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists Calendar for up-to-date events. Come out and celebrate Kentucky Archaeology Month:

Camp Nelson Talk with Dr. Stephen McBride
September 9, 6:30-7:30PM @ Paul Sawyier Public Library
Dr. Stephen McBride of Camp Nelson will discuss the site’s evolution from farmland to Civil War fortification to county park to its current status as a national monument.

Corn Island Archaeology Public Dig @ the Conrad-Seaton House
September 13, 12:00 PM to September 15th, 5:00PM @ 10320 Watterson Trail, Jeffersontown, KY
Join Corn Island at a public dig during the Gaslight Festival.

Forgotten Distilleries- an Introduction to Bourbon Archaeology
September 17, 6:00-7:00 PM @ Paul Sawyier Public Library
Join “Bourbon Archaeologist” Nick Laracuente as we step back in time and explore forgotten bourbon distilleries. Nick will discuss the three tiers of distilleries (industrial, farm, and moonshine) and how they both influenced and were influenced by Kentucky’s economic and social movements. The talk will highlight the findings from archaeological investigations of two farm distilleries in Woodford County and how exploring these forgotten histories teaches us more about distilling and life during the 1800s in Kentucky.

Forgotten Distilleries- an Introduction to Bourbon Archaeology
September 18, 6:00-8:00 PM @ Scott County Public Library
Join “Bourbon Archaeologist” Nick Laracuente as we step back in time and explore forgotten bourbon distilleries. Nick will discuss the three tiers of distilleries (industrial, farm, and moonshine) and how they both influenced and were influenced by Kentucky’s economic and social movements. The talk will highlight the findings from archaeological investigations of two farm distilleries in Woodford County and how exploring these forgotten histories teaches us more about distilling and life during the 1800s in Kentucky.

Archaeology Day @ Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site
September 21, 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM @ Wickliffe Mounds, 94 Green St, Wickliffe, KY
This family-friendly event will feature demonstrations and hands-on educational activities about archaeology.
https://parks.ky.gov/calendar/details/wickliffe-mounds-archaeology-day/76178/

Living Archaeology Weekend
September 21, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM @ Gladie Cabin in the Red River Gorge
This family-friendly event features demonstrations that focus on American Indian and pioneer technologies and the archaeological evidence that tells us about their lifeways. Join us for our 31st Annual Living Archaeology Weekend event!
https://www.livingarchaeologyweekend.org

Atlatl throwing at Living Archaeology Weekend
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