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Living Archaeology Weekend at Gladie Center Sept 25-26, 2009
« on: September 14, 2009, 10:43:02 AM »


Living Archaeology Weekend September 25-26, 2009

WINCHESTER,KY Sept. 9, 2009 – The Daniel Boone National Forest will once again host the Living Archaeology Weekend. This annual event is now in its 20th year. Archaeologists, craftspeople and members of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe will bring the prehistoric past back to life through demonstrations of how ancient cultures went about their business of daily living and how cultural traditions are maintained today.

This two-day event takes place outdoors behind the Gladie Cultural-Environmental Learning Center in the Red River Gorge. Conducted annually since 1989, the Living Archaeology Weekend features primitive and historic skills that were once used by Native Americans and the pioneers in Kentucky. Primitive technology specialists will demonstrate how to make stone tools, tan animal hides and throw spears with an atlatl. Pottery making, basketry, spinning and native cooking, as well as music and dancing, are also featured.

“Everyone who attends this special event will experience the rich cultural history associated with this unique area,” said Jessica Santangelo, Director of the Gladie Center. “It’s an educational experience that provides a glimpse into the past. For students especially, the demonstrations provide a better understanding of textbook studies concerning Native Americans, pioneers and their cultural heritage.”

On Friday, Sept. 25 the demonstrations will be conducted for fifth grade students only from school groups that have scheduled attendance in advance. The program is designed to meet the Kentucky Department of Education’s fifth grade social studies core content requirements. Nearly 1,300 students, teachers and parents are expected to attend.

On Saturday, Sept. 26 the event is open to the general public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. No reservations or prior arrangements are necessary. Admission is free.

The Daniel Boone National Forest presents this special event in cooperation with the Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists and the Kentucky Archaeological Survey. Other sponsors of the event include the Kentucky Department of Military Affairs/National Guard, Red River Historical Society, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission, AMEC Earth and Environmental Services, American Resources Group, Gray and Pape, Vincent Versluis-Great Rivers Archaeological Services, GAI Consultants of Homestead, Kentucky Heritage Council, University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology, Western Kentucky University, Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, Weisenberger Mills, Frenchburg Job Corps, The Society for the Preservation of Old Mills-Kentucky Chapter and Robert “Skip” Johnson.

For more information, visit the Daniel Boone National Forest website at http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/boone/districts/cumberland/events.shtml

Contact: Kimberly Morgan kmorgan@fs.fed.us or contact the Gladie Center at (606) 663-8100.

From http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/boone/newsroom/2009_09_09law.shtml
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