2014 Kansas Archaeological Field School
Dates: June 2-June 27 (excluding weekends)
Instructors: Dr. Brad Logan and Dr. Lauren W. Ritterbush
The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at Kansas State University invites students to participate in the Kansas Archaeological Field School-2014. The program will focus on prehistoric archaeological sites in the Manhattan, Kansas area. The field school provides students with basic and advanced hands-on training in archaeological excavation and in basic laboratory techniques as time permits. Students participate in a problem-oriented research project designed to provide significant information on the archaeology of the Central Plains. During the field school, students devote full time on weekdays to field school activities; all enrollees must participate for the duration of the field school. No prior archaeological experience is necessary.
Participants in the KAFS-2014 will receive instruction in a variety of archaeological and ancillary field techniques, including:
- Test excavation (including unit placement, set-up, screening, and documentation such as profiling, unit/level form completion, plan mapping, photography, etc.)
- Use of an Electronic Distance Measure (EDM; or “total station”) for site mapping
- Use of a Global Positioning Receiver (GPR)
- Completion of site registration forms
- Interpretation of U.S.G.S. topographic quadrangle maps
- Demonstration of geoarchaeological techniques, such as extraction of soil cores, magnetic sampling, and interpretation of the soil/sediment context of the site
- Preliminary laboratory processing of recovered cultural material, including artifact typology, functional analysis, faunal identification, etc.
- Tour of sites in the Manhattan area and a visit to the city's Flint Hills Discovery Center.
Field School Costs
The tuition and fees for the field school are at the reduced, off-campus rate of $1,044 for resident undergraduates, $2,770 for non-resident undergraduates, $1,400.40 for resident graduates, and $3,160.40 for non-resident graduates. An additional fee of $200 will cover field and laboratory supplies and transportation.