Officials look for remnants of Shawnee village

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Associated Press

Posted on April 1, 2013 at 8:01 AM

WINCHESTER, Ky. (AP) — Anthropologists are asking property owners in eastern Kentucky to help them find remnants of a lost Indian village.

The University of Kentucky's Department of Anthropology and the Kentucky Heritage Council presented information about the village and efforts to find it last week to a group of about 75 people at the Bluegrass Heritage Museum in Winchester.

They are searching for a Shawnee village named Eskippakithiki that was documented in eastern Clark County in the early- to mid-1700s.

A search three decades ago didn't turn up the village, but anthropologists are hoping that help from landowners will bring about a different result.

David Pollack, with the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, told The Winchester Sun (bit.ly/13xQkBf) that crews plans to search for at least the month of April.

"We didn't find it 30 years ago, and I didn't know I'd be standing up here 30 years later," said Gwynne Henderson, an archaeologist with Kentucky Archaeological Survey.

Henderson and others with KAS searched nine properties in Indian Old Fields in Clark County over a week's time in 1984. They documented 60 sites and recovered items such as arrowheads, spear points and prehistoric pottery — but they did not find the village. Researchers are not sure exactly where Eskippakithiki was located, she said.

She said the idea this time around is to partner with landowners, who can either give permission for KAS to explore and document artifacts or can participate in the actual field work by helping to find artifacts.

Area resident Sue Castle said she's interested in volunteering.

"I think it'd be interesting to let them survey (my property)," said Castle, whose family has lived in the area since the 1930s.

Greg Maggard, the director of the field work, said that while finding Eskippakithiki is the main focus, volunteers will also document artifacts they find from different time periods.

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Information from: The Winchester (Ky.) Sun, http://www.centralkynews.com/winchestersun

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