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K-State Today

October 18, 2016



K-State archaeologists participate in Plains Anthropological Conference

By Lauren W. Ritterbush

Brad Logan, research associate professor, and Lauren W. Ritterbush, associate professor, both in the sociology, anthropology and social work department, participated in the 74th annual Plains Anthropological Conference Oct. 12-15 in Lincoln, Nebraska. 

Logan and Ritterbush organized and chaired the symposium "The Unfilled Vessel, the Kindled Mind" in memory of Donna C. Roper, former research associate professor at K-State. Ritterbush began the symposium with a presentation "Setting the Stage: Donna C. Roper's Approach and Contributions to Plains-Midwest Archaeology" while Logan presented research related to one of Roper's broad interests. His presentation, "The Formation of Late Prehistoric Household Assemblages in the Central Plains," was among eight additional papers that directly or indirectly built upon Roper's varied research.

Ritterbush also provided a contextual summary of "The Leary Site and Complexities of the Late Prehistoric Central Plains" as an invited participant in a symposium organized by the tribal historical preservation officer of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska titled, "The Leary Site National Historic Landmark: An Archaeological Landscape on the Reservation of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska."