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By Kathy Johnson

George Crothers, anthropology, and Paolo Visona, art and visual studies, were the guests on Feb. 27's "UK at the Half," which aired during the UK vs. Mississippi State game that was broadcast on radio.  Among the topics discussed is the ancient city they found during an archeological dig in Northern Italy last summer.

"UK at the Half" airs during halftime of each UK football and basketball game broadcast on radio and is hosted by Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Marketing.

To hear the "UK at the Half" interview, click here. To view a transcript of the "UK at the Half" interview,


Dr. Kristin Monroe is a recipient of the Career Enhancement Fellowship, 2013-2014, through the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Karla Encalada's M.A. thesis, Racismo e interculturalidad dentro del sistema de administración de Justicia ordinario en Riobamba – Ecuador, written before arriving to the Anthropology Department at the University of Kentucky, won an international prize from a Research Center in Argentina called The Center for Social Anthropology. The prize honors the work of the late Eduardo Archetti, a well known Argentinian anthropologist, who worked at Oslo University in Norway. The prize recognizes the best M.A. thesis on

The James S. Brown Award is given to honor the memory of Professor James S. Brown, a sociologist on the faculty of the University of Kentucky from 1946 to 1982, whose pioneering studies of society, demography, and migration in Appalachia (including his ethnography of “Beech Creek”) helped to establish the field of Appalachian Studies at U.K. and beyond.

The Award supports graduate student research on the Appalachian region. To be eligible, students must be actively enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree program at U.K. The Award must be used to meet costs of doing research relevant to social life in Appalachia including travel, lodging, copying, interviewing, ethnography, data collection, archival research, transcribing, and other legitimate research expenses. Except under special circumstances, awards will not exceed $1,500. The award does not cover registration or travel

By Sarah Geegan

A notorious feud between the Hatfields of West Virginia and the McCoys of Kentucky is once again making national news, but this time it is hitting a little closer to home.

A discovery of artifacts associated with patriarch Randall McCoy’s home and site of an infamous 1888 attack were confirmed by Kim McBride, a historic archaeologist with the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, a joint partnership with the University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology and the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office.

McBride’s work is central to the story of the site, and what the artifacts and their context of recovery can contribute to our understanding

The Hatfield and McCoy families of Kentucky and West Virginia will be stealing the show in an upcoming episode of National Geographic’s “Diggers.” Click here for more


Victoria Dekle has received the Dissertation Enhancement Award. Her dissertation research centers on Late Archaic Interaction and Hunter-Gatherer History along the Lower Savannah River Valley.

 All applications for graduate study at the University of Kentucky Graduate School must be submitted on-line. Here is the link to the admissions page at the University of Kentucky: you have any questions about our graduate program in anthropology or the application process, please do not hesitate to contact the Director of Graduate Studies at

by Whitney Hale

The United States is home to the largest highway system in the world, but most Americans consider the road as a means to a destination. People often pay little attention until construction detours, accumulating snow, signs touting an outlet mall, traffic or flashing blue lights force them to slow down and take a look.

Roads, however, are products of the places they wind through and have rich histories that modern drivers often ignore. Travelers have not always been able to take them for granted, however, particularly in the mountainous regions of Appalachia in the days before cars.

For generations, the steep hills and dense forests of the Cumberland Gap made wagon passage westward nearly impossible. Determination to reach the fertile hills of Kentucky led to the birth of America’s first highway into the trans-Appalachian west: the Maysville Road.

by Whitney Hale

Over the summer a team of faculty and students from University of Kentucky discovered evidence of not just one lost community, but two in northern Italy. Using their archaeological expertise and modern technology, data was collected indicating the existence of a Roman settlement and below that, a possible prehistoric site.

Many years ago, archaeologist and art historian Paolo Visonà, a native of northern Italy and adjunct associate professor of art history in the UK School of Art and Visual Studies at the UK College of Fine Arts, first learned of a possible ancient settlement from a farmer in Valbruna, near the village of Tezze di Arzignano. While

Susan Abbott-Jamieson joined UK as an assistant professor of anthropology in 1974, became an associate professor in 1980 and served as the chair of the department from 1990-1994. She retired in 1998 and began an applied research and program-development position with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). She served as Lead Social Scientist in the NMFS Office of Science and Technology from 2002-2011.  Click here to view the video.

A fellowship established in her name, the “Susan Abbott-Jamieson Dissertation Research Fund Award” is given annually to graduate students in the Department of Anthropology to support pre-dissertation research. Abbott-Jamieson was also awarded a Bronze medal by the U.S. Department of Commerce for

by Sarah Geegan

The UK College of Arts and Sciences inducted four new members to the A&S Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 19.

The "Celebrate A&S: Alumni and Faculty Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony" took place at the Singletary Center for the Arts. Two faculty members and two alumni joined the ranks of the current 30 alumni and 6 emeritus faculty A&S Hall of Fame members.

The ceremony followed an academic theme; the inductees wore formal academic regalia and received medallions with the UK A&S seal. 

The 2012 Hall of Fame inductees:

Matthew Cutts, current leader of Google’s webspam

Ph.D. Candidate Allison Harnish from the Department of Anthropology, in collaboration with the International Book Project (a local non-profit), recently oversaw a shipment of over 6,000 pounds of books to schools in rural Zambia. Harnish, who traveled to Zambia in 2007, 2008, and 2010-2011 to carry out research for her doctoral dissertation, befriended teachers in the two communities where she was living and working. The teachers lamented to her that they were suffering from a shortage of supplies.

Over the years, Harnish has helped to bring Nkandanzovu Upper Basic School and Habulungu Middle Basic School into a relationship with the International Book Project (IBP), which is headquartered here in Lexington, Kentucky. From 2007 to 2009, Harnish volunteered with the IBP’s Books as Bridges program, which partners Central

Dr. Karen Rignall is the winner of the 2012 Schneider Student Paper Prize for her paper: “Land use change the new spatiality of livelihoods in pre-Saharan Morocco."

by Sarah Geegan

Adjunct Anthropology Professor Kim McBride's 22 years of archaeological work at Pleasant Hill, a former Shaker community approximately 30 miles southwest of Lexington, was recently featured in the national publication, American Archaeology magazine.

The magazine's seven-page feature highlights McBride's extensive work at Pleasant Hill, which includes directing a series of field schools in which more than 100 students have located former building sites throughout the village. Throughout these excavations, McBride, co-director of Kentucky Archaeological Survey, and her students have

University of Kentucky professors Paolo Visona and George Crothers have spent their professional lives studying ancient civilizations — Visona, mostly Greek archaeology; and Crothers, mostly early Native American populations in Kentucky's Green River valley.

Read the story here in the Lexington Herald-Leader



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The Shakers are one of America’s best-known utopian societies. An investigation of Pleasant Hill, one of their former communities in Kentucky, reveals how their emphasis on order, work, and religious devotion, and their penchant for innovations, were an attempt at perfecting their lives.By Kelli Whitlock Burton.  See attached article from American Archaeology.