LAW 2018 Lineup

spinning demonstration

The LAW Steering Committee has organized an exciting lineup of demonstrations for the 2018 event on September 21-22. Demonstrators bring Kentucky's past to life, linking American Indian and pioneer technology and culture with the archaeological traces of their lifeways. Be sure to visit both demo areas!

The Pioneer Demonstration Area near the Gladie Cabin features informative and interactive demonstrations, including exhibits of furnishings and the National Register of Historic Places at the cabin itself. Several demonstrations focus on corn, from farming and processing methods to tools and technology to crafts. At the spinning demonstration, visitors can use drop spindles, back looms, and other spinning tools.

An heirloom seed expert demonstrates that the common bean actually is not so common. A longhunter recreator in period dress describes technology and trading on the early Kentucky frontier. Music demonstrations featuring traditional instruments celebrate the rich traditions of Appalachia.

On Saturday, we demonstrate pioneer cooking methods and invite visitors to sample delicious soup beans and corn bread.

Spinning expert JoAnn Oborski demonstrates the conversion of fiber into yarn using a spinning wheel at Living Archaeology Weekend.

The Native Demonstration Area is located along the picturesque banks of Gladie Creek. In 2018 we feature a number of exciting technology demonstrations, including flintknapping, blowguns, and textiles. Visitors can try throwing a spear with an atlatl, weaving a cattail mat, twisting cordage, chopping wood with a stone ax, making a pinch pot, and tanning a deer hide. At the pump drill demonstration, visitors use flint-tipped drills to make their own shell and rock pendants. An archaeologist demonstrates the importance of site protection and preservation.

At the plant domestication demonstration, visitors learn about native crops, use native gardening technologies like digging sticks and shell hoes, and earn free packets of native squash seeds. Medicinal plant use is featured at another demonstration. Visitors learn about cane flutes and listen to beautiful music.

native cultigens demonstration

Darlene Applegate and student visitors process sunflower seeds with grinding stones at Living Archaeology Weekend. These tools are found at archaeological sites in Kentucky.

Stop by the Kentucky Archaeological Survey booth for information about the history of Living Archaeology Weekend, Red River Gorge rockshelters, and other archaeological resources through- out Kentucky. Earn free archaeology bookmarks and packets of native bean seeds, and on Saturday purchase KAS archaeology videos and booklets.


On Saturday, visitors are invited to visit the Leave No Trace demonstration, where they learn about preserving cultural and natural resources and participate in hands-on activities. The LNT booth is located between the two demonstration areas, near a historic sorghum mill exhibit.

 Click here to download the 2018 Event Program

This pdf document describes the demonstrations for the 2018 event and maps of the demonstration locations.