If you've wondered what life was like in Kentucky a thousand years ago, you can satisfy your curiosity at the 19th annual Living Archaeology Weekend next week.
The prehistoric past is revived as archaeologists, craftsmen, and members of the Cherokee and Shawnee tribes demonstrate the way ancient cultures went about the business of daily living.
"This special event serves our local schools and communities by celebrating the rich cultural history associated with this unique region," said Chris Jenkins, forest archaeologist in Winchester. "I think every student and visitor that attends will leave with an educational experience that provides a glimpse into the past and a better understanding why it is important to preserve our cultural heritage."
Hosted by the Daniel Boone National Forest, this two-day event takes place outdoors in the scenic Red River Gorge behind the Gladie Cultural and Environmental Learning Center. Conducted annually since 1989, the Living Archaeology Weekend features various primitive skills that were once used by Native Americans and the pioneers in Kentucky. Primitive technology specialists will be demonstrating how to make stone tools, tan animal hides, and throw spears with an atlatl. The art of primitive pottery, basketry and native cooking is also featured. The early pioneer demonstrations include a hand-cranked corn sheller and a hand-turned stone corn mill.