Demonstrations are the foundation of the Living Archaeology Weekend event. For over 20 years, Living Archaeology Weekend has engaged and inspired a large and diverse audience with presentations about the human experience, with an eastern Kentucky focus. LAW’s objective is to provide a range of high-quality, multi-sensory educational opportunities about American Indian and pioneer technologies and archaeological site preservation. This objective is accomplished through hands-on activities and in partnership with our demonstrators.
LAW demonstrators are experts from diverse backgrounds and include archaeologists, primitive technology specialists, tribal members, and artists. Material presented has been carefully developed by each demonstrator, drawing upon archaeology, archives, artifact collections, oral history, history, conservation, educational programs, exhibitions, museums, performance, publications, and research. Nearly all LAW demonstrators operate as third-person interpreters, meaning they do not dress in character. The longhunter demonstrator, on the other hand, operates as a first-person interpreter, dressing as a person from the past.