dig yields trove of artifacts
Center plans October events
to clean items found
BEDFORD, Ky. (October 2005) A project to uncover archaeological
clues to the life and times of Henry Bibb in Trimble County continues
in October as part of a grant-funded program conducted through the Oldham
County History Center.
by Nancy Theiss
volunteers remove artifacts from
the underground during the Aug. 27
Henry Bibb dig in Bedford, Ky.
Several volunteers gathered Aug. 27 at the former Gatewood
Plantation in Bedford to work on the dig, which is being led by archaeologist,
Jeannine Krinebrink and Nancy Stearns Theiss, executive director of
the Oldham County History Center. Theiss has been named manager of the
Bibb project. Krinebrink brought with her five archaeologists to help
with the dig.
We started out a little slow the ground wasnt
plowed deep enough, so with the quick help of Trimble County Judge-Executive
Randy Stevens, the ground was quickly plowed deeper and we were able
to proceed along, said Theiss.
In all, 28 participants showed up to work on the dig, Theiss said.
People were very eager to help and worked very hard, she
said. Fortunately, it was overcast so we didnt get too hot.
Raymond Simpson and Buddy Bell brought metal detectors, which helped
to locate caches of metal items more quickly. The group collected several
hundred artifacts, Theiss said. Photos of the items were to be posted
in the coming weeks on the website: www.oldhamcountyhistoricalsociety.org.
Local school groups helped with the dig on Sept. 15.
The next step is cleaning the artifacts found at the site, so Krinebrink
has suggested that the group schedule a cleaning artifact
evening sometime in October. The date of Oct. 5 has been tentatively
set for this event. For anyone interested in joining this activity,
Theiss said they will be organizing a potluck supper during which volunteers
can help clean and catalogue the artifacts that were collected.
The History Center will furnish barbeque and buns, Theiss
So far, the group that has been working with Louisville-based Underground
Railroad researcher Diane Coon on collecting more data on Bibb and slaveowners.
The group has come up with some new information. The data and the artifacts
will greatly enhance local educational programs, Theiss said.
The final date the groups will come together is Oct. 26, when they will
be meeting in Bedford, courtesy of Stevens.
For more information or to join this effort, contact Nancy
Theiss at the Oldham County History Center at (502) 222-0826.
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