April 2, 2012
Celebrate Kansas Archaeology Day at Cowley College
The Cowley Public Archaeology & History interest group, in association with the anthropology program at Cowley College, will celebrate Kansas Archaeology Day on Saturday, April 21. This event will be held in the Earle N Wright Room, in the Brown Center on the Cowley College campus. Doors will open at 9 a.m., and the day’s activities will continue until 3 p.m. Admission is free all day for this public event.
Artifact and archaeology exhibits will be on display all day, giving the public an opportunity to speak with other collectors and enthusiasts. A “kid’s dig” will be available for children under 10, who may keep the replica arrowheads they recover from a simple simulation of an archaeological dig. The public will also have access to a collection of reference books for general information, and special inquiries on particular objects or interests can be made on request.
At 10 a.m., Cowley College archaeology students will give presentations on various topics in Kansas archaeology. Luncheon will be served at noon, with the day’s keynote address given by Chris Mayer, anthropology instructor at Cowley College. The subject of the talk will be “History in Your Own Back Yard,” an overview of the rich archaeological heritage of Cowley County.
From 1 p.m. until closing, Arkansas City flint knapping and primitive skills expert Cecil Hamilton will present a demonstration of stone tool and arrow head making.
Everyone who attends may enter into drawings for the day’s door prizes, which include books on Kansas archaeology and Cowley College logo items. Drawings for the prizes will be at noon and 3 p.m.
Since 1992, April has been designated Kansas Archaeology month to celebrate the rich historical and prehistoric cultural traditions of the state. This is the first collaboration between Cowley College and the Public Archaeology & History group for a public event, and marks the first observance of Kansas Archaeology Day by the college’s anthropology program. The program plans to make this an annual event at the college.