Governor of Kentucky Recognizes September as Archaeology Month

Staff in the Kentucky office of Brockington and Associates helped to form a steering committee of The Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists (KyOPA) to spearhead and implement the formal recognition of archaeology research and outreach in Kentucky. September 2014 is the second year for Kentucky Archaeology Month, which will be held annually to coincide with Kentucky’s popular Living Archaeology Weekend (LAW) and other heritage-centered events across the Commonwealth.  Forty-one US states currently celebrate annual archaeology months, and despite its rich history, prior to 2013, Kentucky was not among them.  Kentucky Archaeologists  wanted to join in recognizing the value of archaeology. Archaeology month activities will greatly contribute to public awareness of Kentucky’s archaeological past, while enhancing the Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet’s interpretive and educational goals.

The mission of the Kentucky Archaeology Month steering committee is to foster statewide relationships and network statewide events so that we can all celebrate the archaeology of Kentucky each September.  This year the committee was successful in harnessing the Governor’s support.   Gov. Steve Beshear has proclaimed September as Kentucky Archaeology Month, to commemorate the contributions made through the professional practice of archaeology toward the public’s understanding of – and appreciation for – the Commonwealth’s rich cultural heritage.

To find out where and when events are taking place across the state, check out the Kentucky Archaeology Month event calendar at

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