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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Full-Time Positions Available

New full time archaeologist positions have recently become available- two with Daniel Boone National Forest, and another with Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Natural Resources Conservation Service – Archaeologist

“Do you want to work for a premier conservation agency whose mission is to “help people help the land?” For more than 83 years, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has worked in close partnership with farmers, ranchers, forest managers, non-governmental organizations, local and state governments, and other federal agencies to create and maintain healthy and productive working landscapes.”

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Daniel Boone National Forest, Redbird Ranger District

“The Redbird Ranger District of the Daniel Boone National Forest is looking for a highly motivated individual to serve as District Archeologist. The incumbent will be responsible for inventory, evaluation, and advice on heritage and cultural resource management, including determination of effects of projects on cultural resources and recommended mitigation.”

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Outreach Announcement for Permanent Full Time GS 0193-09 District Archeologist Daniel Boone NF Redbird RDz

Daniel Boone National Forest, Stearns Ranger District

“The Daniel Boone National Forest will soon be advertising an archeologist position on the Stearns Ranger District with the duty station in Whitley City, KY. This is a permanent, full-time position. The incumbent is responsible for inventory, evaluation, and advice on heritage and cultural resource management, including determination of effects of projects on cultural resources and recommended mitigation.”

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Outreach Archeologist Whitley City KY

Eastern Kentucky Archaeology Group Talk

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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KyOPA Research Grant Awarded

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.

30 Days of Archaeology

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!