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Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Kansas Archaeological Field School

ANTH 730 Field and Laboratory Techniques in Archaeology;  4 credits

The Kansas Archaeological Field School is generally offered every other year, pending the availability of funding. (The field school will not be offered Summer 2015.)

Check back in early 2016 for further information.


Dates: June 2-June 27, 2014 (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.

                KAFS-2012 rim sherd excavation          KAFS-2012 at the Quarry Creek Site

Archaeological Field Techniques

Participants in the KAFS-2014 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 and a visit to the city's Flint Hills Discovery Center.
   Excavation of Projectile Point                   Excavation of Quarry Creek 2012
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 $1,044 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.
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.