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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Archaeology of Everyone

Archaeology happens everywhere in Kentucky. More than 100 archaeologists live and work in the Commonwealth - they are employed by universities, state and federal agencies, and private consult​ing firms.  Every day, one of them makes a new discovery about Kentucky’s archaeological heritage.  Whether investigating a 10,000-year-old Native American workshop, a 7,000-year-old Native American cave entrance, a 5,000-year-old Native American shell midden, a 2,000-year-old Native American earthen enclosure, a 500-year-old Native American village, a 270-year-old historic fort, a slave house, a mid-nineteenth century farmstead, a forgotten mid-nineteenth century cemetery, a Civil War depot,  or a 100-year-old mining town, scientific work undertaken by archaeologists is contributing to our understanding of Kentucky’s heritage.  ​ This website highlights the diversity and richness of Kentucky's archaeological record.

Archaeologist excavate and document a unit in front of a cave entrance.

Interested in Exploring the Past?

Check out the​ more than 100 site profiles prepared by Kentucky Archaeologists.