Collectors will gather at the Barren River Lake State Resort Park lodge to show off their collections of prehistoric Native American artifacts.
The show is intended to foster an appreciation for Native American artifacts, according to Doug Goodrum, a past president of the Green River Archaeological Society of Kentucky.
“I hope that they go ahead and see things they’ve never seen before and appreciate craftsmanship from prehistoric times,” he said.
The show will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 18 and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 19, according to a news release from the archaeological society.
Goodrum said the event is free to attend.
The show will focus solely on pieces that predate the presence of European settlers in America.
“It’s strictly prehistoric so it’s the older stuff,” he said.
The artifacts will mainly be practical items like arrowheads, ax blades and tools designed for chiseling, Goodrum said.
Members of the Green River Archaeological Society of Kentucky and similar groups under the umbrella of Central States Archaeological Societies will display their collections, he said.
“Some of the artifacts may be coming from Indiana, Tennessee, Ohio, for example,” he said.
Though only members of various groups that operate under Central States Archaeological Societies can show their collections at the event, Goodrum said people who come to the event, which has been hosted annually since 1971, often bring artifacts they have found to ask members of the archaeological societies about them.
Goodrum, who said he has some ancestors from the Creek tribe, said he is fascinated by prehistoric objects because they’re a part of Native American heritage and history.
“A lot of these artifacts are thousands of years old,” he said. “It’s history. It’s prehistory.”