Feature: KY Archaeological Survey

The Judd site (15Cu111) was a small habitation site in Cumberland County. The site was situated along two toe slopes between the base of the upland ridges on the east and a marshy intermittent tributary of Lewis Creek on the west. This creek is a small tributary of the Cumberland River.

Diagnostic projectile points and ceramics recovered from the Judd site and radiocarbon dates obtained from three large pits, are suggestive of repeated occupation of this locality from Early Archaic to Late Woodland times, with the most intensive use occurring during Early Archaic (projectile points) and Middle Archaic (radiocarbon dates). Based on the large number of Kirk Corner Notched and Big Sandy Side Notched projectile points recovered from the site, one would think that the Judd site was initially/primarily occupied more than 8,000 years ago. Yet, the association of a majority of the Kirk Corner Notched and Big Sandy Side Notched projectile points with ca. 7,500 BP radiocarbon dates raises questions concerning when these tools entered the archaeological record.

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Our sincere thanks to everyone who came out for our fundraiser! We had 40+ people in attendance for the event. In particular, thank you to Monnik Beer Company for their donation and for providing us their upstairs area to meet in. We had a great time and hope you did as well! We will also soon have new ways to help support KyOPA in the way of hats and stoneware mugs featuring a special logo- these will be available at the upcoming conference, so please be on the lookout for them. See you next time!

Monnik Beer Company to host KyOPA Fundraiser!

Please join KyOPA for a social night and fundraiser at the Monnik Beer Company in Louisville on January 22, 2019 from 6-9PM.  The brewery is located 1036 E. Burnett Ave., Louisville, KY 40217.  Monnik has offered to give KyOPA $1 per beer sold during that time!  Come meet and have a drink with archaeologists and help support KyOPA’s mission!  The funds raised will support KyOPA’s efforts to host the annual Kentucky Archaeological Conference (see last post), provide small research grants for ongoing projects and support public outreach efforts like Living Archaeology Weekend, the largest public archaeology event in the state.  Please contact Matt Davidson at mjdavids1982@yahoo.com with questions.  Hope to see you there!

Save the Date! KHC Archaeology Conference 2019

Every year the Kentucky Heritage Council hosts the only state-wide archaeology conference.  There you can learn about archaeological compliance projects and archaeological research, and meet archaeologists and other heritage professionals and students from around the state.  The Kentucky Heritage Council’s 36th annual Archaeology Conference is scheduled for Friday, March 1 through Sunday, March 3, 2019 and will be held at Northern Kentucky University. A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 275 Columbia Street, Newport, Kentucky.

For more information about the event please check out the 30 Days of Kentucky Archaeology blog post about it here:

Save the Date: KHC Archaeology Conference 2019



The Daniel Boone National Forest is advertising a permanent GS-07 archaeological technician position to be stationed at Stanton, Kentucky. The position serves the Red River Gorge area of the DBNF and will be responsible for archaeological surveys, site monitoring and public outreach. The archaeological resources of the Red River Gorge area are extremely diverse and are a rewarding challenge to work with. Every period of Native American and European history are represented. Help protect, study and manage many significant sites pertaining to both regional and world history. The public outreach component of the job includes assisting with the Living Archaeology Weekend, the state’s longest-running and largest public archaeology event.  The advertisement will be open until October 16th. Click the link below to apply!

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Kentucky Archaeology Month Poster 2018

September is drawing closer and with it Archaeology month is fast approaching. This year, we’ve decided to honor the 30 year anniversary of Living Archaeology Weekend on our poster design. here’s to many more successful LAW events in the future!

Also check out our calendar for events happening during Archaeology Month. If you’ve got an event that we’ve missed, then please email lstein@ciarch.com to have it included. Thank you!