What do university archaeologists do in the summer?

As an anthropology professor on a nine-month contract, I have the summers off to pursue lots of projects. On the DoA I am working on two projects. First, I am writing a report on an archaeological survey I conducted at Western Kentucky University’s Upper Green River Biological Preserve. While there are a few prehistoric sites on the preserve, my report focuses on historic sites associated with Euro-American and African-American settlement, including the remains of the Coats homestead dating to the late 1790s. Second, I am updating web pages and doing other tasks in preparation for Living Archaeology Weekend. This is an annual, two-day public event in the famous Red River Gorge of eastern Kentucky featuring demonstrations of native and pioneer technologies and lifeways. Learn more about this nationally recognized and award-winning program at www.livingarchaeologyweekend.org.


A historic period pine tar kiln in a boulder at the Coats homestead site in Kentucky


Darlene Applegate demonstrating native plant domestication at Living Archaeology Weekend 2012