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Archaeological Survey of Kentucky - Volume 1

The University of Kentucky. Reports in Archaeology and Anthropology

Volume 1, Numbers 1 through 6

 

The Williams Site in Christian County, KY

The So Called “Ash Caves” in Lee County, KY
The Page Site in Logan County, KY

Rock Shelters of Wolfe and Powell Counties, KY

The Tolu Site in Crittendon County, KY

The Duncan Site on the Kentucky-Tennessee Line

 

Webb & Funkhouser (1929-1931)

 Gustav's Library Vintage Reprint
 

After we republished the Archaeological Atlas of Kentucky, which is volume two of  the University of Kentucky's fine Archaeological Survey of Kentucky series, we received numerous requests to reprint Volume 1 as well.  Having only four of the six parts we began a search for the missing parts, The So Called “Ash Caves” in Lee County, KY and The Tolu Site in Crittendon County, KY,  and finally found them earlier this year.

Some fantastic artifacts were recovered from the caves and rock shelters including fabric and leather objects, such as moccasins.  The mounds revealed wattle work, pottery (from which fabric impressions were made) as well as an amazing amethyst effigy from the Williams Site.  The fabric impressions are particularly interesting as they provided enough detail to reconstruct the various weaves used by the aborigines.  Pottery human effigies were also found including the two water bottles pictured below. And of course, my favorite, the hominy hole with carved human footprints on its surface (below).

Detail of Hominy Hole With Carved Footprints Click Image to Enlarge

According to the forward of each of the 6 parts:  This report is the first of a series on Kentucky archaeology to be issued by the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology of the University of Kentucky.  The reports will be published from time to time as the investigations warrant and will be paged and bound to eventually form regular volumes.

Webb had originally intended for these parts to be bound into one volume but we haven't seen one of these so I don't know if it was ever actually offered in that format.  We are pleased to offer volume one in its entirety as designed ... just 75 years later.

Department Truck

   The Committee on Grants-in-Aid of Research of the National Research Council very generously provided the University of Kentucky with a truck fully equipped for field work which greatly enlarged facilities for transportation and proved of inestimable value in camp.
   The Smithsonian Institution made an allotment to the University of Kentucky from the appropriation for cooperative ethnological and archaeological investigations between the Smithsonian Institution and establishments in the various states, which made it possible to employ more labor and carry on excavations to a greater extent than had been possible in the past.

This 6-3/4" x 9-1/2", soft cover book contains 487 pages, and is profusely illustrated with scores of photographs and drawings.  Regular Cover Price $27.95  New Release Price $24.95  

   

CONTENTS

The Williams Site in Christian County, KY
The So Called “Ash Caves” in Lee County, KY
The Page Site in Logan County, KY
Rock Shelters of Wolfe and Powell Counties, KY
The Tolu Site in Crittendon County, KY
The Duncan Site on the Kentucky-Tennessee Line
 

Amethyst Effigy - Williams Site Hominy Hole with Carved Footprints - Ash Caves Fabric Weaves from Pottery Impressions - Tolu Site

Pestle & Axe - Ash Caves

Double Conoidal Pipe - Page Site

Human Effigy Water Bottle - Willaims Site

Human Effigy Water Bottle - Duncan Site Cache - Rock Shelters
Limestone Hoes - Rock Shelters Leather Moccasin - Rock Shelters Fabric Moccasin- Ash Caves Wattle Wall - Tolu Site
Sample  Plates - click on image to enlarge