In 1972 Milton Reichart of Valley Falls discovered a site that Native Americans occupied between 500 and 1000 AD. Located along the Delaware River, this was a Late Plains Woodland habitation. The site was chosen for the 2017 Kansas Archeology Training Program (KATP) field school held by the Kansas Historical Society and the Kansas Anthropological Association, June 1-15. The Quixote site in Jefferson County is undisturbed and promises to provide insights into humans from the era.
The field school is an opportunity for the public to work alongside professional and avocational archeologists. No experience is necessary—just a desire to learn. Children must be at least 10 years old and accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.
This year’s principal investigator is Dr. Brad Logan with Kansas State University. Research during the field school will focus on learning more about the people who lived at this Late Plains Woodland site.
Volunteers can attend for a few days or the entire 16 days of the field school both in the field and in the onsite laboratory. Archeology technique courses are also offered and can be taken for college credit. A registration fee for the field school is $20 for members of the Kansas Historical Society or Kansas Anthropological Association. The non-member fee is $80. After May 1 the participation fee increases to $30 for members and $90 for nonmembers. Registration packet available at kshs.org/14622.
Additional programs accompany the field school, including a collectors’ night June 7, scan and share event June 8, and architectural building survey class June 13-14. Find more information about these June events atkshs.org/events/2017/06.
For more information call Virginia Wulfkuhle at 785-272-8681, ext. 266; firstname.lastname@example.org.