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Bringing Archaeology Home: Interpreting Central Plains Tradition Lifeways through Interactive Programming

Contact: Lauren Ritterbush, lritterb@ksu.edu

Description:

Lauren W. Ritterbush, an associate professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, has proposed the project, “Bringing Archaeology Home: Interpreting Central Plains Tradition Lifeways through Interactive Programming.” This project was developed by partnering with the Flint Hills Discovery Center in hopes of “filling the gap” that has come forth in the Winds of the Past Gallery. The gallery explores the Flint Hills and the people of the Flint Hills; however, there is a large blank space of information when it comes to the past of the native people of the Flint Hills. By partnering with the Flint Hills Discovery Center and archaeology staff from K-State’s Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, an expanded amount of knowledge about the native people around the community can be attributed to the Winds of the Past Gallery. This project plans to create a series of programs in which information about the lifestyle of these people can be expressed. Each module within the series of programs will become part of the Flint Hills Discovery Center programming and it will also be integrated into classrooms and organizations throughout the Manhattan community. 

Website:

Bringing Archaeology Home

Program Partners:

Brad Logan, Stephen Bridenstine, Daniel Schapaugh, Megan Berry, Virginia Wulfkuhle, Jill Wood

Institutional Impact Area(s):

K-State Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

Audience:

Flint Hills Discovery Center, Classrooms throughout Manhattan