He noted three reasons why this kind of research is important:
1. to try to rewrite the first chapter of human history on this side of
2. to give other disciplines a lot of data they do not have, and
3. to fill in the history of Chile.
He said there were more than 80 scientists from all over the world with
most of them concentrated at UK and at the Chilean University involved in
the Monte Verde project. He introduced his colleagues attending the Board
meeting: Dr. Vernon Case, Dr. Anastasios Karathanasis, Graduate Student
David Pollack, Professor Richard Jefferies, Graduate Student Gwynn
Henderson, and Michael Murphy.
Professor Dillehay noted some of his findings at Monte Verde; arrow
heads, extremely well preserved organic remains, extremely well preserved
bone remains, cortege, slip knots, and human foot prints. He displayed a rib
fragment from the mastodon and said they found hundreds of artifacts. He
said that the site is extremely well preserved, and it gives an opportunity to
look deep into the past. As a result of these findings, the chapter of human
history on this side of the world has been completely rewritten.
Professor Dillehay thanked the University of Kentucky for this project.
He informed the Board that in 1980, when he first came to UK, much of this
work was rejected for grants by the National Science Foundation, the
Fulbright Commission, and the National Geographic Society. He reported
that the University of Kentucky Research Foundation gave him a small grant
of $6,000 that allowed him to go back to Chile and get the data. The key year
was 1981, and it was after 1981 that he received a series of National Science
Foundation grants and spin off grants from his students and others. He noted
that the University of Kentucky played a very important role in all of this
research. The project has involved 30 to 40 students not only from Kentucky
but another 60 students from different Latin American countries as well.
He said that the whole issue of the peopling of the Americas involves
not only Chile but all of the Americas. The Commonwealth has a very rich
tradition in doing archaeological research, going back to 1918. The names of
Funkhouser, Colonel Webb and a number of other people who established
the University of Kentucky are some of the pioneers in archaeology in the
United States, and the tradition is still maintained.
He called attention to a publication by David Pollack entitled Slack
Farm that had been given to the Board and said this site was reported on
several years ago in the National Geographic Magazine. It is a publication
that deals with the archaeology of this area and is an important site. He
mentioned another book entitled Kentucky before Boone which won a prize