Living Archaeology Weekend
Living Archaeology Weekend (LAW) began in 1989. Since LAWS birth, they have wanted to provide visitors of all ages to join in their interactive demonstrations portraying American Indian and pioneers, lifeways and technologies. Helping to foster cultural resource preservation. This is a free event held one weekend each year in the gorgeous Red River Gorge.
Red River Gorge is known nationally as having significant archaeological sites and historic properties all around. For approximately 12,000 years the Red River Gorge has provided shelter, food, and inspiration for all walk of life.
Native American were the first inhabitant but did not have written languages so there are no history books for us to read about their time in the gorge. Archaeology is one of the ways we have been able to learn about their methods of hunting, gathering, and farming.
It is because of the Red River Gorge’s rare geological feature, such as the rock shelters and sandstone cliffs, along with the extreme elevation changes, preservation of ancient artifacts has been possible. It is because of this; LAW has made it their mission to portray stories about past inhabitants of the gorge, and the importance of their roles.
Due to the Red River Gorge’s rock shelter, we have gotten a glimpse into the origin of plant domestication in the eastern United States. With the gorge’s history being virally spread throughout the community, we are able to see our community working together to preserve the history surrounding them.