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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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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