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.

The Possible Closing of Illinois State Museums and their Facilities

The Illinois Association for Advancement of Archaeology (IAAA) would like to provide you with the following information. The future of the Illinois State Museum has been put in a precarious position due to the dispute over the state's budget. The Governor has stated that, should there be a failure to put a balanced budget in place by July 1, the museums in Springfield and... other locations (including Dickson Mounds, Lockport etc.) would be closed. News reports discussing this topic are here:


If you wish to voice your opinion on this issue, one option would be the petition provided here. A link to this petition will also be available soon on the ECIAS Facebook page.


This petition is provided by MoveOn.org, a public policy advocacy group and political action committee, described here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MoveOn.org

Other options for expressing your opinion would be to write or communicate directly with key state officials, including the Governor, your state senator, and/or your state representative. We encourage you to express your own views through the channels you deem most appropriate. Thank you for your consideration of this subject. If you have any questions, please email ECIAS President Fred Christensen at fchriste@illinois.edu or Secretary Holly Labisky at BootHHL12@aol.com.

2015 Poster Contest

Vote for your favorite poster!

Go to the Kentucky Archaeology Month page to view the 2015 Kentucky Archaeology Month poster submittals.

32nd Annual KHC Archaeological Conference

The conference schedule can be found here: 2015 Conference Agenda

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