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.
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.
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.