Thursday, September 26, 2019

The updated NSF REU Parker Academy website

NKU students and NSF Parker fellows have been busy updating our NSF REU Parker Academy Research Project website ( It is worth checking out. The story maps are amazing as are the archaeology and archive updates. We are constantly adding new information and new finds to the site so stay posted and follow us on Instagram for weekly or daily updates ( ).
NSF REU Parker Academy website:

NSF REU Parker Project on Instagram:

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Archaeology is Celebrated in the Month of September

September is Kentucky Archaeology Month!

Photo of Fort Boonesborough from the Kentucky State Parks website. 
For the past several years, the Governors of Kentucky have proclaimed September Kentucky Archaeology Month. In accordance with this proclamation, “professional archaeologists continue to work with the public to provide new insights into our collective past and greatly expand our knowledge about different cultural traditions.” In this spirit, he Kentucky Heritage  Council/State Historic Preservation Office has created a blog, “30 Days of Archaeology,” as a contribution to Archaeology Month events sponsored by the Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists (KyOPA). Blog topics range from what makes archaeology important to society, to how cool it is for a student to find that first artifact. (This is a quote from the 30 Days of Kentucky Archaeology Blog). Follow the blog at

ANTHRO-TEACH is also happy to announce that the Parker Academy Project has been funded by the National Science Foundation. This story ran recently in the Northern Kentucky Tribune:  

Excavations at the Parker Academy site by NKU students and Dr.'s Sharyn Jones and Brian Hackett.

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $336,300 grant to the Northern Kentucky University’s Parker Academy project in New Richmond.  The grant is for Research Experiences for Undergraduates and involves a three-year trans-disciplinary collaboration under the direction of Dr. William Landon, Dr. Sharyn Jones, and Dr. Brian Hackett.  The work to be done by undergraduates will build on previous work at the Parker Academy and both faculty and student research will focus on exploring important real world problems include race, gender equality and social justice in American History through excavations and archival research at the Academy. 

The Parker Academy, founded in 1839, was, evidence suggests, the first school in Ohio, and possibly the country, to offer education to both boys and girls, regardless of race — in the same classroom.
Most importantly this grant enables the research team to hire up to 15 undergraduate students each year to work as research fellows.

The foundation for this project is built on a wide range of community partnerships including that with the Village of New Richmond, with Greg Roberts (the landowner), and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, which is planning an upcoming exhibition based upon the findings.

Thank you to the Tribune for sharing our story!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Updates on Teaching and Outreach for the Parker Academy Project

The Parker Academy Team has been busy sharing our work with communities in the Tri-State area including Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
View of the Parker Academy buildings, property, and the Ohio River.

Last month we participated in the Ohio River National Freedom Corridor Conference (ORNFC) in Maysville, KY (check out the group's website: ). We engaged in a lively panel discussion about the Parker Academy Project and related themes with a large audience from all over the US. Our panel is discussed in more detail here:
Our Parker Academy Panel a the ORNFC Conference.

We also set up a new exhibit at the Pendleton County Library in Falmouth, KY.The exhibit will be up through mid-December. You can expect to see artifacts from our excavations of the men's dorm and the school house as well as photos and items from the archives. The librarians have created a collection of books for all ages that relate to the Parker Academy Project themes which are displayed along with the historical and archaeological materials. Our team will host a round table discussion about the project at the Pendleton Co. Library in January or February of 2017.

The Pendleton Co. Library, Falmouth, KY.
The Parker Academy Exhibit at the Library in Falmouth, KY.
Books on display with the Parker Academy Exhibit.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Parker Academy

  Founded in 1839, the Parker Academy was one of but a scant few college preparatory schools to promote racial integration and co-gender education in the Antebellum Ohio. #nku #history #ohio #historicalarchaeology  #racialintergration  #education

Founded in 1839, the Parker Academy represents the first school in Ohio, possibly the first in the country, to offer gender and racial equality-based education in the same classroom between 1839 to 1889. 

NKU  faculty and students from the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Philosophy and the Department of History and Geography have been working at the Parker Academy site since spring 2015.

Click here to view the Parker Academy Wordpress site

Our team recently gave a public forum on our work at the Parker Academy site and in the archives. We have an exhibit a the Clermont Co. library in New Richmond. It will be open to the public through October. More information is on our Wordpress site:

Follow our progress and check out our findings...
You can also follow the Parker Academy project on Instagram, @parkeracademydig.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Supporters and Friends: Standing with Standing Rock!

Kiksuya/First Nations is standing with Standing Rock Reservation as they organize to protect our water!  We will be driving a U-Haul to North Dakota this fall with needed supplies.  Watch here for more information as it becomes available, and please come to our meeting on Wednesday, September 14 at noon in Landrum 207 to help us plan!  Contact Dr. Grant at if you have questions.

Here are some links to learn more about what is happening at Standing Rock and why we stand with them:

If you would like to consider signing the petition to support Standing Rock, go to this link:  

September is Kentucky Archaeology Month!

Kentucky Archaeology Month 2016 – 30 Days of Kentucky Archaeology

Photo: Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C./Art Resource (The earliest writing in the system developed by the Cherokee known as Sequoyah has been found in a Kentucky cave.)

By: Nicolas R. Laracuente, MA

Archaeology Review Coordinator, Kentucky Heritage Council

Welcome to Kentucky Archaeology Month 2016! For the last two years the Governor has proclaimed September as Kentucky Archaeology Month and we have celebrated a wide array of interesting archaeology projects and public events that take place throughout the Commonwealth, especially the annual Living Archaeology Weekend ( LAW is Kentucky’s oldest and largest public archaeology event, which has taken place since 1989 in Daniel Boone National Forest/Red River Gorge. This year the 28th annual LAW will be Sept. 17 at Gladie Visitor Center in Slade, KY, and as always this is free to the public.

To kick things up a notch from previous years, we are borrowing an idea from our neighbors to the south. For the last two years, Tennessee has celebrated Archaeology Awareness Month (also during September) with a blogfest. 30 posts in 30 days on any aspect of Tennessee Archaeology ( Surely, we have more than enough material here in Kentucky to join them.
We are already starting to see posts roll in, so check the KyOPA website ( daily for new posts! There may be a story on something that is right in your backyard.

Aside from LAW there will be plenty of other things to see and do during September. Watch for future posts on public archaeology days at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site ( or archaeology during the Gaslight Festival in Louisville ( I wouldn’t be surprised to see some invitations to artifact wash nights, where volunteers join archaeologists and students at the Office of State Archaeology in Lexington to sort and clean artifacts recovered from field schools and other excavations.

There are a few upcoming presentations as well – The Eastern Kentucky Archaeology Group will be hosting a Larry Gray at the Boonesborough Campground Recreation Building on September 28. Gray will be discussing his research on prehistoric ceramics recovered from a site in the Red River Gorge.
Watch the Kentucky Archaeology Month Calendar ( for details on these and other events.

Check out these links for more information on Kentucky Archaeology:

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Museum Studies Internships at UAB

In the fall of 2013, the Anthropology department at the University of Alabama Birmingham added a Museum Studies course to its curriculum. The Museum Studies course introduced graduate and undergraduate students to Museum history, philosophy, and function. Students gained practical experience with the UAB Josselyn Archaeological Collection. In working with the collection, students were instructed in the proper techniques for object handling, storage, object processing, and record keeping and maintenance. The class afforded students experience for their resumes while fulfilling departmental goals of curating the UAB Josselyn Collection. 

The success of the class and the need to continue the inventory of the collection opened up internship opportunities for two students during the Spring 2014 semester. Based on their outstanding work in the Museum Studies course, undergraduate students Jessica Brodt and Anna Lathem were chosen for the internship.
During the Spring 2014 internship Anna and Jessica completed a total of 25 drawers full of artifacts including stone tools, pottery, historic glass, soil samples and botanical remains. The internship afforded them opportunities to work with a wider range of artifacts, to discover and solve several curation problems, and to develop long-term procedures for working with the collection. Anna, for example, developed and implemented records curation procedures as part of her Honor's Thesis. Her research highlights the necessity for records curation in the collection and provides procedures outlining how records should be processed in the future. Her thesis addressed records management issues, including inconsistencies between records and site names, linking UAB records to the Alabama State Site Files, and development of an inventory of Site Records.

Both students gained an appreciation for the size of the collection and the amount of work it will take to complete the inventory. Jessica stated “I was shocked at how many artifacts and sites the Josselyn Collection contains", and Anna explained that, "During the internship I gained a better understanding of just how much work is needed to accession and complete the inventory of the Josselyn collection."
The Josselyn interns gained crucial hands-on experience that museums and institutions with collections value in potential employees. As work continues with the collection through the Museum Studies class and internships, opportunities to learn and gain hands on experience with other Museum aspects, such as exhibit design and community involvement will become available.