Discover Kansas Archaeology

Delve into the world of all things archaeology on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Explore prehistoric and historic archaeological artifacts, see what’s in an archaeologist’s toolkit, meet local archaeologists who will happily answer your questions, and watch a live flintknapping demonstration by Dan Rowlinson.

KATP Whisky Ranch ExcavationAt 3:00, archaeologist Tricia Waggoner will talk about last year’s field school held near Hays, Kansas.  The excavation site (14EL311) was the presumed location of Billy Dixon’s Whisky Ranch trading post, which was used during the post-Civil War period (1865 to 1880).

Learn about the research questions determined before digging began.  Does this site represent the Billy Dixon trading post of 1869-1871? How do the structural components (dugouts) at this site compare to others in the Central and Southern Plains?  What does this site reveal about the general lifeway of the European-American bison hunters?  We’ll find out how the field school was set up to gather data and how researchers use recovered material to interpret a site’s activities.

Do you think you might want to volunteer during this year’s field school?  Find out where the 2014 field school will be and bring your questions for the experts before or after the presentation!

Cosponsored by the Kansas Historical Society, Kansas Anthropological Association and Professional Archaeologists of Kansas.

photos submitted by Virginia Wulfkuhle, Public Archeologist at the Kansas State Historical Society.

Updated April 11, 2014

(source used for 14EL311: Kansas Preservation, Volume 35, Number 3.)


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.