Webinar: Dispelling the Myth – The Archaeology of Kentucky’s Ancient Peoples

Thursday, 27 September 2018

2:00-3:00 pm EST


September is Archaeology Month! Celebrate with us and see the rich archaeological record of our native inhabitants with prehistoric archaeologist Gwynn Henderson, PhD. “Dispelling the Myth – The Archaeology of Kentucky’s Ancient Peoples” will be presented on Thurs. Sept. 27 from 2-3pm EST.  The webinar is free and open to the public, but you must registered to attend.


The webinar is free and open to the public, but you must be registered to attend.

Register for Archaeology Webinar here


You’ve probably been told or heard that Native peoples never lived permanently in Kentucky. Nothing could be further from the truth! Native peoples have lived in what we know as the Commonwealth beginning around 9,500 B.C. and they are still citizens of Kentucky today. Drawing from the rich archaeological record of these ancient people, this webinar reviews what archaeologists have learned and inferred about their diverse lifeways, technologies, settlements and ritual sites prior to the arrival of Europeans.






Photo credit: Kentucky Before Boone poster by Jimmy A. Railey (1990) details all aspects of KY prehistory from the earliest hunter-gatherers to the most recent native farmers with time-specific, activity and technology scenes.

Meet your instructor:  A. Gywnn Henderson, PhD


A native of Delaware, Dr. Henderson has been interested in old things, dinosaurs, and in being an archaeologist since she was young.  She received her B.A. in Anthropology from the Universtiy of Delaware; her M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Kentucky; and, her Ph.D. in Anthropology with a minor in Native American History from the University of Kentucky.


Dr. Henderson is currently Staff Archaeologist/Education Coordinator at the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky.


A prehistoric archaeologist, Dr. Henderson has conducted field research in Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, West Virginia and Mexico. She is particularly interested in researching the lifeways of the prehistoric farming cultures of the Ohio Valley and the history of mid-18th century indigenous groups in that region. She has written, presented and published many professional reports and papers describing the results of her research, and with David Pollack, directed the UK undergraduate field school in archaeology from 2009-2011.


As an archaeology educator and public archaeologist, Dr. Henderson works with archaeologists, teachers and museum educators to develop content, lessons, booklets, video programs, and workshops that make information about Kentucky’s rich archaeological heritage accessible to a wide audience. She serves as State Coordinator for Kentucky Project Archaeology; her book for adult literacy students, Kentuckians Before Boone, is used in elementary school classrooms; and she has published several nonfiction articles in dig, an award winning archaeology magazine for children ages 9-14.


Dr. Henderson is a member of the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission. She has lived in Kentucky since June 1977, when she joined an excavation in Jefferson County directed by University of Kentucky archaeologists.