Feature: Early Farmhouses of McCracken County

From 25 January to 07 February 2017, Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions archaeologists conducted Phase II archaeological evaluations of two historic sites (15McN189 and 15McN190) at the TVA Shawnee Fossil Plant, McCracken County, Kentucky. Sites 15McN189 and 15McN190 were identified during a Phase I survey for borrow soils at Shawnee Fossil Plant. Archival research revealed Edward Fletcher, a freed African American slave, owned the property at 15McN189 and George Fletcher (Edward Fletcher’s brother), a freed African American slave, owned the property at 15McN190. Site 15McN189, the residence/homestead of Edward Fletcher, dates to the late nineteenth century through early twentieth century. The intact depositional patterns aided in identifying the presence of the dwelling, possible outbuildings, and layout of the farmstead. Site 15McN190, the residence/homestead of George Fletcher, dates to the mid-nineteenth century through early twentieth century.

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A New Occasional Newsletter About Public Archaeology

has just been launched – public archaeology notes.

Notes are a collaborative effort by a consortium of individuals representing a variety of interested groups: the Society for American Archaeology (SAA), the SAA’s Public Education Committee (PEC), the PEC’s Network of State Coordinators, the SAA’s Public Archaeology Interest Group (PAIG), the American Institute of Archaeology (AIA), and others.

Scroll down this first issue, and under spotlight: videos, you’ll see a shout out about Kentucky’s Adena video on the archaeology channel… how about that?

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Making Archaeology Public Project Six states including Kentucky posted

The MAP Project steering committee is delighted to announce that the Making Archaeology Public website has launched, with the first six completed state videos  —  Georgia,  Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania — now available for viewing.  The URL for the site is  http://preservation50.org/mapp/ Please check out the site and enjoy the videos created by your colleagues.  Also be sure to watch the brief introductory video on the website that explains the purpose and philosophy of MAPP.   We are looking forward to adding your videos to the site as soon as possible; we want to maximize visitor traffic by providing new material on a regular basis.

The folks at Preservation 50 will be promoting the site, as will other preservation partners including the ACHP and the major archaeological organizations.  But we hope that you all will help in the promotion effort as well.  We have a great nationwide network right here among the MAPP coordinators!  So please share the information about the MAP Project and the website link through archaeology listserves, avocational society newsletters,  social media such as Facebook, and anything else that occurs to you.  All of the videos on the site can be downloaded and used for any educational, outreach, or other noncommercial purpose.

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