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We are pleased to announce the first Eastern Kentucky Archaeology Group talk of 2018, on Tuesday, March 27th. The meeting will take place at the Recreation Building in the Boonesborough State Park campground (our usual location). Doors open at 6 pm, with the program to begin at 6:30 pm.
Dr. C. Broughton Anderson from Berea College will present an overview of recent projects by the college. Three specific projects will be discussed in more detail by the students who are carrying them out. With over 8500 acres of forested land, Berea College is in possession of a vast amount of property containing invaluable Native American and historic cultural resources. Recent research projects have sought to locate and record Native American and historic sites located within the College Forest, to educate the Berea College about the rich archaeological resources at its back door, and to develop preservation strategies so that future members of the community can enjoy and learn from them. Density analysis of debitage (stone tool making debris) retrieved from a production site, projectile point identification from points held in the Berea College Geology collection, and recent research on property ownership by freed slaves will be presented. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage directly with students doing the work and ask and/or answer questions about it.
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Over September, many participated in Living Archeology Weekend. LAW is an award-winning and nationally recognized public archaeology event, and we’re looking forward to next year’s event!
Edward Henry of Washington University if St. Louis has been awarded a $595 research grant from KyOPA. Ed studies the construction of Adena-Hopewell earthen enclosures that were built during the Middle Woodland period (ca. 200 B.C. to A.D. 500) in Central Kentucky. His research is the first to examine the differences in how disparate social groups built and used these ritual gathering places. The radiocarbon dating he has undertaken at numerous enclosure sites provides the foundation for understanding when and how quickly people across the Central Kentucky landscape began participating in the construction and use of these sites. Henry will use the KyOPA Research Grant Fund to pay for one radiocarbon date from feasting debris he identified inside the Winchester Farm enclosure. The date will be run on the bone collagen of White Tail Deer remnants. The Winchester Farm enclosure is one of several enclosures that comprise the Mount Horeb earthworks in northern Fayette County. The site is the only one of its form (i.e., square with rounded corners) in Kentucky, and only one of two ever identified outside of Ohio (the other is at the Garden Creek site in western North Carolina). Knowing when the construction and use of these particular enclosures spread outside of Central Ohio, where many such enclosures have been identified, will help explain how quickly interaction between these two regions led to the spread of ritual ideas and practices.
From the Kentucky Hertiage Council: Have you been following KHC’s blog “30 days of Kentucky Archaeology”? If not you’re missing out on some fun and engaging (brief) essays about archaeological field work and research, and aspects of what professional archaeologists do (and endure) in the field. Strangers with guns, chiggers and ticks, and sharp pointy things? Yup. But also how professionals grapple with acknowledging contentious archaeological resources, why public archaeology is so important, and how technology is making it easier to tell these stories. Check it out!
2017 Marks the 5th year of Kentucky Archaeology month! (more…)