A. Gwynn Henderson

  • Education Coordinator, Kentucky Archaeological Survey
  • Anthropology
1020A Export Street
(859) 257-1919

A. Gwynn Henderson, a native of Delaware, has been interested in old things, dinosaurs, and in being an archaeologist since she was young.


She received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Delaware in 1975, and has lived in Kentucky since she joined an excavation in Jefferson County directed by University of Kentucky archaeologists in June 1977.  She subsequently received her M.A. in Anthropology in 1982 from UK and in 1998, her Ph.D. in Anthropology (with a minor in Native American History) from the same institution.  She currently is Staff Archaeologist/Education Coordinator at the Kentucky Archaeological Survey and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky.  


A prehistoric archaeologist, she has carried out field research in Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, West Virginia, and Mexico.  She is particularly interested in researching the lifeways of the prehistoric farming cultures of the Ohio Valley and the history of mid-18th century indigenous groups in that region.  She has written, presented, and published many professional reports and papers describing the results of her research, and with David Pollack, directed the UK undergraduate field school in archaeology from 2009-2011.  She is a member of the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission.


As an archaeology educator and public archaeologist, she works with archaeologists, teachers, and museum educators to develop content, lessons, booklets, video programs, and workshops that make information about Kentucky’s rich archaeological heritage accessible to a wide audience.  She serves as State Coordinator for Kentucky Project Archaeology; her book for adult literacy students, Kentuckians Before Boone, is also used in elementary school classrooms; and she has published several nonfiction articles in dig Magazine, Carus Publishing Company’s archaeology magazine for children ages 9-14.

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