Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site, in Wickliffe, will host their annual Family Fun Archaeology Day on Saturday, June 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Featured at this event will be family-friendly, hands-on activities related to archaeology, prehistoric technology, and park history.
Activities for the kids include Native American-style games, storytelling, and making pottery and cornshuck dolls. The kids can relive their history lessons with the crafts they take home and find out how archaeology works with a simulated excavation box and mock survey grid.
Other activities will include using Native American tools such as pump drills, blow guns, spears, atlatls, bows and arrows, and corn grinders. Visitors will also get a chance to see how stone tools are crafted by flint-knapping.
A stroll through the archaeological museum or a walk around the mounds and trails will also give insight into the life of the Mississippian people.
In conjunction with Wickliffe Mounds’ Family Fun Archaeology Day, the City of Wickliffe declares June 8 at “Discover Wickliffe Day.” Vendors will set up booths throughout the city selling crafts, food, antiques, and other goods. Other points of interest in Wickliffe include the Kentucky Veteran and Patriot Museum, the Fort Jefferson Memorial Cross and Park, and the Great River Road National Scenic Byway.
Celebrating 80 years as a park and tourist attraction, Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site is the archaeological location of a Native American village of the Mississippian culture, dating back to 1100 A.D. and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also a common ground for Native American Indian cultures, past and present.
The bluff that overlooks the confluence of the Ohio River and the Mississippi River gives visitors a bird’s eye view from atop a ceremonial mound. In the museum are displays of pottery, tools, architecture, and information on burial practices of the mound builders to help visitors imagine what life was like in the ancient village.
Wickliffe Mounds is located in far western Kentucky and about 230 miles from Metro Louisville. The directions are simple using Google Maps with most of the trip being on divided highways. Nearby resort parks include Kentucky Dam Village near Gilbertsville and Kenlake near Hardin.
Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site
94 Green Street
Wickliffe, KY 42087
Telephone: (270) 335-3681