Meet ‘Rock Stars’ at 2018 Central Kentucky Knap-In

By Amy Joseph Landon

Whether you skip them, collect them or study them, fans of rocks and the ancient past are invited to the 2018 Central Kentucky Knap-In at Bernheim Forest on July 21 and July 22.  The event runs each day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bernheim Visitor Center and features rock experts from the region and new interactive exhibits from the Falls of the Ohio Archeological Society.

Demonstrations on flint-knapping, a lost art of making tools and weapons from rocks will be among the highlights of the two-day celebration.

“Rocks tell us so much about our past and our connection to the Earth,” said Dan Pascucci, Bernheim’s Youth and Family Program Manager. “We’ll explore how they were formed, when they were formed and how people in ancient times used rocks.”

Pascucci said the new exhibits will feature various sciences:

  • Geology – the study of the Earth and its 4.5-billion-year history
  • Archeology – the study of human activity through the recovery and analysis of material culture
  • Paleontology –  the study of the history of life on Earth as based on fossils
  • Speleology – the study of caves and other karst features, their make-up, structure, physical properties, history, life forms, and the processes by which they form and change over time

Pre-historic artifacts will also be on display and modern replicas will be available for sale or trade.

The event is free but there is $5 environmental fee at the front gate for non-members.

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