Living Archaeology Weekend

Living Archaeology Weekend

Living Archaeology Weekend is an award-winning and nationally recognized public archaeology event. The free, two-day program offers high-quality educational experiences for schools (Friday) and the public (Saturday). Demonstrations focus on American Indian and pioneer technologies and the archaeological evidence that tells us about those lifeways. LAW is held the third weekend of September at the Gladie Visitor Center in the beautiful Red River Gorge of eastern Kentucky, in the heart of a National Register of Historic Places district.

Learn more at the Living Archaeology Weekend website.

View Living Archaeology Weekend flyer


Friday & Saturday, Sept. 20-21, 2019. Friday’s programs are for school groups by prior arrangement; contact Tressa Brown at 502-564-7005, Ext. 125. Saturday’s programs are for the general public.


Gladie Historic Site. Behind Gladie Visitor Center in the Red River Gorge on the Cumberland Ranger District.


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Children watching a native cooking demonstration

Have you ever wondered what life was like in Kentucky a thousand years ago? Then join us at Red River Gorge to watch the past come alive as craftsmen demonstrate the way ancient cultures went about the daily business of living.

The weekend’s events will be held on an open terrace near Gladie Creek, similar to sites inhabited by Kentucky’s first people. This enjoyable program of outdoor activities is designed to promote an understanding of the technologies that Native Americans used in the area, and the appreciation and protection of Kentucky's fragile archaeological sites.

You can learn about:

  • Atlatl/Spear Throwing
  • Flint Knapping
  • Open Hearth Cooking
  • Pottery Making
  • Bow/Arrow Making
  • Textiles and Weaving
  • Blacksmithing
  • Native Games
  • Pumpdrills
  • Cattail Weaving
  • Hide Tanning
  • Corn Grinding

For more information contact:
Gladie Visitor Center

Directions: from Lexington, take I-64 east to exit 98 (Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway, #402); take the parkway to exit 33 (Slade exit); then turn left at the junction of KY 11/15. Go 1.5 miles west on KY 15 to KY 77, and follow the signs.