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Unveiling KY 1st farmers - talk at Kentucky museum
Kentucky Ag Connection - 04/02/2024

The Kentucky Museum invites you to a captivating discussion titled "Finding the First Farmers" on Tuesday, April 9th, from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Drs. David Pollack and A. Gwynn Henderson, esteemed archaeologists from the Kentucky Archaeological Survey (KAS), will delve into the lives of indigenous farmers who inhabited Kentucky's Barren River Valley during the Mississippian era.

This insightful talk will explore recent archaeological discoveries that shed light on these early societies. Drs. Pollack and Henderson will address and debunk common misconceptions surrounding their technology, settlement patterns, food systems, trade routes, and the intricate cultures that flourished before European arrival.

The discussion will further explore fascinating parallels between these indigenous farmers and Kentucky farm families from the late 19th to early 21st centuries.

Dr. David Pollack serves as Director of the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, a department within Western Kentucky University (WKU) dedicated to archaeological preservation and education. KAS collaborates with government agencies, landowners, and the public to safeguard archaeological sites and foster awareness of Kentucky's rich past.

The Survey offers valuable hands-on learning experiences for WKU students and undertakes various projects throughout the state, including excavations and research initiatives.

This free event presents an exceptional opportunity for the public to gain a deeper understanding of Kentucky's indigenous heritage and the enduring legacy of its farming communities. Attendance is encouraged for anyone interested in archaeology, history, or the evolution of Kentucky's agricultural landscape.


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