Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Public Invited to Participate in Archeological Excavation in Jefferson County, Kansas

Press Release

Volunteers are invited to participate in the 2017 Kansas Archeology Training Program (KATP) Field School June 1-15 at the Quixote Site (14JF420) near Valley Falls, Kansas. The Quixote site is a Late Plains Woodland habitation that promises to provide insight into human adaptations in northeast Kansas around A.D. 500-1000.

This year marks the 42nd anniversary of the KATP Field School, which provides a hands-on opportunity for the public to work alongside professional and avocational archeologists in the field and in the laboratory. No experience is necessary, just a desire to learn. Volunteers may participate for one day or the entire 15 days. Participants may assist archeologists in strategic test excavation of the site and/or help with cleaning and cataloging artifacts in the lab. Archeology technique courses are offered and may be taken for college credit or simply for personal enrichment.

Participation fee for the KATP field school is $20 for members of the Kansas Anthropological Association (KAA) or Kansas Historical Foundation (KHF). Nonmember fee is $80. After May 1st the participation fee increases to $30 for members and $90 for nonmembers. Children must be at least 10 years old and accompanied by a parent or responsible adult. The registration packet and further details are available on the KSHS website, including forms for KAA and KHF membership. For more information call Virginia Wulfkuhle at 785-272-8681, ext. 266.

Project headquarters for classes and the artifact processing lab will be at the Valley Falls School, 700 Oak Street. While field school is in session, visitors are welcome to visit the excavation site and the lab to see artifacts being processed; visitor hours are 9am to 11:30am and 1:30pm to 4pm. Classes offered include Archeological Fieldwork, Archeological Site Survey, Cultural Reconstruction, and Architectural Buildings Survey.

A full schedule of evening programs will be free and open to the public; the schedule is posted on the KSHS website  (click on “2017 KATP Evening Programs”). Please note: the schedule of evening programs is incomplete at this time, and the website will be updated periodically over the coming weeks as additional programs are confirmed.

The 2017 field school is sponsored by the Kansas Historical Society, the Kansas Anthropological Association, and Kansas City District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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