Archaeologists like Kim McBride of the University of Kentucky really dig Ashland, Henry Clay’s estate in Lexington. McBride has participated in a number of archaeological projects off Richmond Road, dating back to 1989. She led a group Friday as part of the 30th Annual Kentucky Heritage Council Archaeology Conference. “This is an area with a lot of springs and of course this was kind of an open savannah before Ashland was founded, but we have Native American artifacts probably from all the culture history periods. I don’t know if we have any paleo artifacts here,” said McBride.
The event was in connection with the 30th Annual Heritage Council Archaeology Conference in Lexington. The gathering allows professional archaeologists working in Kentucky to share findings, research, and project updates from their investigations. Ashland Curator Eric Brooks welcomed the group to Clay’s stomping ground. He noted they might return for a game of cards later this month
“We have a number of special events coming up. We have a poker tournament a week from Friday, if you’re in to that. Henry Clay was an avid poker player, so we have historical precedence for this,” said Brooks.
Saturday’s panel discussion topics include accomplishments in methodology, legislation, and regional studies. Panelists will be challenged to identify projects or topics that may deserve greater recognition or attention than they received at the time of initial investigation.