Archive for Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Professor to review specimen from dig

July 12, 2006

With their chisels and shovels packed up, students who participated in this year's Kansas Archaeological Field School wrapped up their work June 30 along Stranger Creek.

Brad Logan, associate professor at Kansas State University and instructor of the field class, said that after reading the students' journals the overall feeling toward the experience was a positive one.

He said one of the most important results of the class was having given students a chance to experience the life of a archeologist and be able to better judge if they want to make archaeology their career.

During the four-week course, the 16 students had a chance to work hands on with artifacts they discovered in the Stranger Creek valley. The students found remains of pottery, arrow points and chip stone material that date back between 500 A.D and 1,000 A.D.

The next step will be to take all of those pieces back to the lab for analysis. Logan and his assistants will spend the next few months sorting, identifying and then writing a report for the Kansas Historical Society about the artifacts that were found.

Although the class uncovered quite a few important artifacts, Logan said the information they received was still on the meager side. He said they had hoped to find the remains of a hearth or even a house that would have belonged to the Plains Woodland people who inhabited the area.

Logan routinely does not reveal the exact location of dig sites that he participates in, in an effort to protect them.

He said the site that students worked at this summer would not be recommended for the National Register of Historic Places. That's because no major structures were discovered there.

Next year, Logan will use the summer to survey the area and, he hopes, find another site along Stranger Creek that would be a better representative of activities of the Plains Woodland people. In 2008, he plans to return to Leavenworth County with a new crop of field school students and continue research.

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