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Newport Barracks NKU Project Site

May 3, 2023 - A group of Northern Kentucky University students, professors and professional archeologists will begin work on an archeological survey of the historic Newport Barracks site, beginning in May. The survey is expected to take at least two weeks to complete. 

During the survey work, the archeologists will be using state-of-the-art technology, ground-penetrating radar and historic imagery including maps, surveys, photographs and satellite-based-imagery to help identify any surviving remnants of lost structures such as the officer’s quarters, the powder magazine and privies. Subsequent archaeological excavation will test these results. 

For the past two semesters, students in the Master of Public History (MPH) program have been researching and recording every aspect of history of the Newport Barracks. Different students took on different tasks, including looking at the complex history of Newport Barracks as a staging area and POW site, how the site was tied to the bourbon industry in Kentucky, the barrack’s involvement in the War of 1812, and more. 

The Newport Barracks site, located at the confluence of the Licking and Ohio rivers, was a pivotal part of the United States Army operations for over a century. Thousands of soldiers called the barracks home during its usage, including Thomas J. Welsh, who finished his training at the Newport Barracks before heading off to fight in the Mexican American War. Eventually, Welsh reached the rank of General during the Civil War. 

Dr. Brian Hackett and Don Miller will be available for interviews.

About NKU: Founded in 1968, NKU is an entrepreneurial state university of over 16,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus nestled between Highland Heights, Kentucky and bustling downtown Cincinnati. We are a regionally engaged university committed to empowering our students to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives. While we are one of the fastest-growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit