Welcome to KyOPA

The Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists (KyOPA) is a group of archaeologists with professional training and an interest in historic preservation throughout the state of Kentucky. The organization was formed to foster and promote an understanding of the training and ethics integral to quality archaeological research. Our organization provides small research grants for archaeological research and is active in commenting on proposed state and federal legislation impacting Kentucky's cultural resources. KyOPA is charged with a responsibility to communicate to the public the importance of the preservation of our cultural heritage through the proper practice of archaeology.

32nd Annual KHC Archaeological Conference

The 32nd Annual KHC Archaeological Conference is scheduled for March 13-15, 2015 at Lake Barkley State Resort Park in Cadiz, Kentucky. A block of rooms has been set aside for conference attendees, but please make your reservations by February 13th, 2015. To make reservations, call (270) 924-1131 or (800) 325-1708 and let them know you are with the KHC Archaeology Conference. Additional details will be available soon, but please put this on your calendar and get those abstracts ready!

Early registration is encouraged using the KHC Archaeology Conference Registration 2015 form. This will be very helpful for conference planning, though on-site registrations will still be accepted.

Kentucky Archaeology Month

To submit an event for listing on the Kentucky Archaeology Month Calendar, please contact:
Christy Pritchard
KyOPA KAM Steering Committee Chair
Christy Pritchard


Howard Beverly
KyOPA Board Member
Howard Beverly

The Poster Contest is now over!

KyOPA is pleased to announce Kelly Smith as the winner of the contest. The poster will be unveiled shortly. Stay tuned!

Poster Contest

The Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists and the Kentucky Archaeology Month Steering Committee Invite Artists and Graphic Designers to Enter a Poster Contest for Celebrating Archaeology 2014.

Winning artwork and design will be used as the official poster for the first annual Kentucky Archaeology Month, “Celebrating Kentucky Archaeology”. Calling all artists and graphic designers to submit poster designs that reflect their interpretation of Kentucky’s rich heritage. The KAM steering committee will select three finalists from the designs submitted. Finalists will be e-mailed to the KyOPA membership and the winner will be selected by a membership vote.

The official Kentucky Archaeology Month poster will be distributed to the Governor’s office, members of Kentucky House, Kentucky Senate, as well as Kentucky libraries, schools, and various parks within the state.

For more information and guidelines please refer to the 2014 Kentucky Archaeology Month poster guidelines.

Deadline for entry is June 1, 2014.