UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
Kentucky Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is acquiring easements on flood prone agricultural land under EWPP-FPE. Prior to acquisition the easement maps are checked to insure that are no recorded cultural resources present but archaeological field surveys of the easements have not been completed. While ground disturbing activities on the easements will be minimal and all areas of ground disturbance will be field checked by Natural Resources Conservation Service prior to implementation, the majority of the easement area will be allowed to rengenerate naturally. In the case of easements in Ballard County, Kentucky, the Grassy Lake Easement, a previously unknown archaeological site was reported to exist by NRCS personnel. The easement is located near Wickliffe Mounds and Twin Mounds on the Ohio/Mississippi River floodplain. A site visit was made on June 10, 2009 and material collected from teh reported site location. The artifacts suggest a Middle or Late Woodland Period occupation. A site form was completed and the OSA issued 15Bal144 as the official Kentucky site designation, however, the National Register eligibility of Site 15Bal144 needs to be determined.