Discover Kansas Archaeology on May 4th

Learn about the culture of the Kansa Indians, identify prehistoric and historic archaeological artifacts, find out how to volunteer at an archaeology field school, and watch a live flintknapping demonstration by Dan Rowlinson on Saturday, May 4, 2013, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in Marvin Auditorium 101BC.

Much of what we know about the culture and activities of the Kansa Indians is from artifacts and data collected via archaeological fieldwork.  What happens during an excavation?  Find out at 2:30 when Tricia Waggoner, archeologist and principal investigator of the Fool Chief’s project, speaks about last summer’s field school at the known site of Fool Chief’s Village (1830-1844), a large Kansa Indian habitation located on the north side of Topeka.   Waggoner will talk about the goals of the project–among them questions related to trade, lodging style, and how this particular village compares to other documented Kansa sites.*  Find out what was discovered and learned from the material retrieved during the field school, bring your questions for the experts, and get in the spirit of this year’s summer reading themes!

Discover Kansas Archaeology
Saturday, May 4, 2013
2:00-3:30 p.m. (archeologist presentation at 2:30)
Marvin Auditorium 101BC

*source: Kansas Preservation, Volume 34, Number 1, 2012

Kimberly Sain

As a Public Services Specialist, in addition to Reference work I promote the Travel, Pets, and Lawn & Garden Neighborhoods, coordinate nature-themed programs for adults and families, and serve on the Big Read planning committee. My interests include exploring new travel destinations, National Parks, Alaska, hiking trails in Kansas, Colorado and Arkansas, birding, Sandhill crane migration, Monarch waystations, Kansas native plants, citizen science activities, volunteer work as a certified Kansas Master Naturalist, and reading essays about the natural environment. Peter Matthiessen's Shadow Country is my all-time favorite novel.