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Summer Archeological Dig

Summer Archeological Dig

Kansas Historical Society

Information and fees

Courses offered by Emporia State University for credit:

Archeological Fieldwork

ESU Designation: AN540A (CRN# 32947) – 3 credit hours

Times: 40 hours, June 1-16

Locations: excavation at the Tobias site, and artifact processing at Lyons High School

Instructors: Kansas Historical Society Archeological Staff

Description: In this field/laboratory course, students receive on-the-job training by direct participation in excavation and artifact processing. Instruction is given concerning the survey techniques, excavation methods (including use of hand tools, removal and preservation of archeological materials, and record keeping), and laboratory procedures. A total of 40 hours of work is necessary to complete the course; up to 20 of these hours can be spent in the field laboratory. To allow for possible rain days, students would be wise to start work on the first day of the project and continue until they have completed 40 hours.

Archeological Site Survey

ESU Designation: AN540B (CRN# 32948) – 1 credit hour

Times: 20 hours, June 3-7

Locations: Lyons High School and travel to Tobias and surrounding archeological sites

Instructor: Eric Skov

Description: The survey class introduces the methods used in finding and recording archeological sites. Instruction includes identification of cultural materials, basic map reading, topographic interpretation, and filling out KSHS site forms. Training will include classroom sessions and in-field practical exercises. Class is limited to 15 people.

Kansas Prehistory

ESU Designation: AN540C (CRN# 32949) – 1 credit hour

Times: 20 hours, June 10-14

Location: Lyons High School

Instructor: Robert Hoard

Description: We will explore the human occupation of what is now the state of Kansas from the earliest known people arriving at the end of the last Ice Age (about 13,000 years ago) until contact with people from Europe and Africa (between 1541 and the early 1700s). We will discuss the relationships people had with changing environments, how their technology evolved, how they used available resources such as clay, stone, bone, skins, and fiber and how they used wild foods as well as domesticated plants and animals including beans, squash, sunflower, tobacco, corn, and dogs. We also will touch on topics including trade, migration, population density, sacred and artistic expression, and burial of the dead. The process of how archeologists gather evidence and how the presented conclusions are reached—and occasionally refuted by new ideas—will be discussed and debated throughout the class. Class size is unlimited. Students taking the course for college credit must attend all five class sessions and will complete a written exam.

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