Archive for Wednesday, June 4, 2003

Doctoral student signs on as cook

June 4, 2003

For Holly Smith, this is vacation.

She rises before the others to cook breakfast. Later, she heads out to the site, where she works in the blazing sun, searching for Indian artifacts.

And then its back into town, where she cooks the second meal of the day.

She makes two trips to the grocery store each day, including once after she's been digging in the dirt.

And Smith, a doctoral student in archaeology at Oklahoma University, loves it.

The opportunity to work with Brad Logan and his wife, Lauren Ritterbush, is -- well -- priceless.

"I actually could be paid a lot of money, but I wanted to come up here and work with Brad," Smith said. "This is my vacation."

Smith's main interest is in her native southeast Kansas, where she is undertaking similar work in hopes of unraveling clues left behind by the Hopewell Indians.

So far, the work in Leavenworth County has been rewarding.

"We get so caught up sometimes in what we find that we forget it's about the people," Smith said. "It's really powerful."

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