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Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Kansas Archaeological Field School

ANTH 535 Field Methods in Archaeology;  4 credits

Dates: June 6-July 1, 2016 (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-2016. This year the program will again focus on prehistoric archaeological sites in the Manhattan, Kansas area.The field school gives students basic and advanced training in a problem-oriented research project designed to provide significant information on regional archaeology. 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.


Archaeological Field Techniques

Participants in the KAFS-2016 will receive instruction in a variety of archaeological and ancillary field techniques, including, but not limited to: 

  • 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, visits to the city's Flint Hills Discovery Center and the Kansas Pawnee Village in Republic County.
Schedule and Logistics
Field and laboratory training will occur Monday through Friday from 7:30AM to 5:30PM throughout the four-week field school.  Some evening activities may be required from time to time as well.  Students must provide their own room and board, including a daily 'sack' lunch to be taken to the field each day.  Transportation to and from the field sites will be provided from the KSU campus.

Field School Costs

The tuition and fees for the field school are at the reduced, off-campus rate of $1,135.60 for resident undergraduates, $3,012.80 for non-resident undergraduates, $1,523.20 for resident graduates, and $3,437.60 for non-resident graduates. An additional fee of $250 will cover field and laboratory supplies and transportation.
Before enrolling, students must apply directly to the instructors- http://www.ksu.edu/sasw/anthro/apply.htm
Additional Information
Contact Dr. Brad Logan (phone: 785-532-2419; email: blogan@ksu.edu) or Dr. Lauren W. Ritterbush (phone: 785-532-6828; email: lritterb@ksu.edu)
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, Kansas State University, 204 Waters Hall, Manhattan, KS  66506 


Before enrolling in the course, students must apply directly to the Instructor. Applications can be obtained online or from the instructor. For additional information, contact Dr. Brad Logan (phone: 785-532-2419; email: blogan@ksu.edu), or for application form.