The first Farmers exhibit opens Thursday at the Kentucky Museum

This Thursday at 5 p.m., the Kentucky Museum will premiere Early Farmers of the Barren River Valley, an exhibit featuring recent excavations of a Native American village in Warren County. The exhibit’s opening event will take place from 5-7 p.m. and will include a behind-the-scenes look at the excavations, with a guest lecture by the Kentucky Archaeological Survey team who surveyed and excavated the site in 2019, 2020 and 2021. After the conference, visitors will get a first glimpse of Early farmerswhich displays and interprets findings related to technology, colonization, dietary habits, society/politics, and economics/trade that reveal life in a farming village around 1350 CE.

“This exhibit gives museum visitors a glimpse of what life was like along the Barren River 700 years ago,” said Kentucky Archaeological Survey director Dr. David Pollack, who led the research team. excavations.

This period corresponds to the end of the Mississippian era – so named because the majority of peoples lived along what is now the Mississippi River and its tributaries. These communities were linked to larger centers of towns and mounds where political and religious authority was held by the chief, warlords and shamans. These people were connected by the centralized political and religious authority of the chief as well as by extensive trade networks. Raw materials and finished products passed through these networks over vast areas. The ceramic symbols and styles show that they shared rituals and religious beliefs. Because of their similar lifestyles, archaeologists call all these people Mississippians. Around the mid to late 1300s CE, when Early farmers the inhabitants established their village along the Green River, the Mississippian culture had existed for 400 years.

“We are delighted to have partnered with the Kentucky Archaeological Survey to present their recent excavations,” said Tiffany Isselhardt, Curator of Exhibits at the Kentucky Museum. “Our mission as a teaching museum is primarily to showcase research done by WKU faculty and students, which broadens our knowledge of Kentucky’s history and cultures. Early farmers demonstrates that Indigenous peoples have settled here – they have called this land “home” – and we must recognize and honor this as part of our history. We are truly grateful for all the hard work the students, faculty, archaeologists and artists have put in to help tell this story.”

Learn more about the First Farmers exhibition here.

About the Kentucky Museum

The Kentucky Museum is an integral part of the WKU campus and the South Central Kentucky community. The museum actively supports the academic and cultural goals of WKU while providing quality educational experiences and opportunities to engage with Kentucky’s heritage and our relevance in a global society. Thanks to the implementation of free admission, the museum has grown exponentially over the past three years, growing from 14,000 visitors in 2019 to over 30,000 in 2021, representing a wide range of residents and tourists. from Kentucky.

For more information, contact Tiffany Isselhardt at [email protected]

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