Feature: Louisville Bridge Project

National Register Evaluation, Data Recovery, and Exploratory Trenching for the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges (LSIORB) Downtown Bridge Project At the request of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), CRA completed National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) evaluations for six previously documented sites (Site 15Jf813–15Jf817 and 15Jf820), additional data recovery investigations at Site 15Jf813, and exploratory trenching at Parcel 155 (later subsumed within Site 15Jf813) associated with the LSIORB Downtown Bridge Project in Jefferson County, Kentucky. During the investigations, KYTC requested that CRA complete the work in 7 weeks rather than the planned 14 weeks, in order to ensure that KYTC would not have to pay additional fees to the Design-Build contractor. CRA not only mobilized additional personnel and fulfilled KYTC’s request, but they finished ahead of the revised schedule.

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Kentucky Making Archaeology Public Project Video

Here is the Kentucky video for the Making Archaeology Public Project (MAPP). The project is a cooperative, grassroots effort on the part of professional archaeologists to produce a series of short, engaging videos to showcase for the public some of the fascinating and exciting things that we have learned about life in the past as a result of archaeological work mandated by the National Historic Preservation Act.

33rd Annual Kentucky Heritage Council Archaeology Conference Call for Papers and Posters

The 33rd Annual Kentucky Heritage Council Archaeology Conference will be hosted in partnership with the Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists and Kentucky Archaeological Survey at Pine Mountain State Resort Park near Pineville, Kentucky, March 11-13, 2016. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), much of this year’s conference will be devoted to celebrating the impacts of this significant event in Kentucky Archaeology. For those who wish to present, please complete the 2016 KHC Archaeology Conference_call for presenters form and submit no later than January 31, 2016 via email to Kary Stackelbeck (kary.stackelbeck@ky.gov).

Update on the Illinois State Museum Closure

Dear SAA Member:

As many of you are aware, the Illinois State Museum, which includes the Dickson Mounds Archaeological Site, is scheduled to close September 30. The museum will lay off all but three employees, and there will be no access to any of its collections. SAA has been working with preservationists and museum groups to oppose the closure, and we would like to update you on our efforts. On July 9, SAA submitted written testimony opposing the closure to the Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability. You can read our testimony here. We shared that testimony on both the SAA Facebook page (see the post here) and Twitter account (see the tweet here). Prior to submitting our testimony, we alerted membership to the potential closure via a Facebook post that outlined where to find news and how to add your voice to the opposition. To add your support, please “like” the Save the Illinois State Museum Facebook page and sign the MoveOn petition. The old adage stills holds true: there is strength in numbers. SAA members based in Illinois received an update from Government Affairs encouraging them to write to Governor Rauner to oppose the closing and providing a sample letter for their use. In addition, I wrote a Letter to the Editor opposing the closure that appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Illinois’ top daily newspaper, on September 8. We will continue to work with our Illinois membership and cultural resources partners until all avenues have been exhausted. We are also continuing to track Illinois State Bill 0317, which would prevent Governor Rauner from closing the museum and its satellite sites. Look for more updates as events unfold.

Yours truly,

Diane Gifford-Gonzalez President