To celebrate, several state agencies like the Kentucky Heritage Council + State Historic Preservation Office launched the Discover Kentucky Archaeology website, which is home to information on 100+ archaeological sites across 64 counties.
Kentucky’s archaeological record on the website spans from the Paleoindian Period (before 8000 BC) to the Industrial and Commercial Consolidation era from 1915-45.
Each entry includes a summary of the dig + a brief description of why each finding is noteworthy.
Here are two local opportunities to try your hand at excavation.
⛏️ Riverside Archaeology Day
This free dig on Sun., Oct. 23 includes artifact washing+ behind-the-scenes tours.
⛏️ Falls of the Ohio State Park
Explore 390 million years’ worth of history in one of the world’s most accessible Devonian-age fossil beds across the river in Clarksville, IN as you hike (or canoe) through the park.