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April 17, 2013

Second Kansas Archaeology Day draws a crowd


Archaeology DayOn Saturday, April 13, the Cowley community traveled through time, going through 10,000 years just in one room.

The theme of the second annual Kansas Archaeology Day at Cowley College was “10,000 years of History in One Day.” Held in the Earle N. Wright Community Room, the free event drew 85 visitors, about 20 more than last year’s inaugural event. Exhibits were organized according to the periods of archaeological history in Kansas, from the ancient Paleo-Indians to the 20th century. The artifacts and information on display gave visitors a glance into the daily lives and culture of the people living in Kansas during these time periods.

The day’s events included a presentation by Dewy Griffith on Native American architecture, followed by a demonstration outside of how a tipi is constructed and set up. Cowley instructor and head of the anthropology program Chris Mayer gave an overview of archaeological research & field work done by Cowley students over the last several years. He also outlined future efforts, including a field school that will be open to the public in 2014.

Kid’s activities included a simulated archaeological dig, a scavenger hunt in the displays and a “pottery puzzle,” in which young visitors reassembled broken pottery. The children received replica arrow heads as prizes.

Kansas Archaeology Day is an annual project of Cowley Anthropology and Cowley Public Archaeology & History. The exhibits and activities of Kansas Archaeology Day were curated by Cowley College anthropology majors and the members of Cowley Public Archaeology & History. For more information on these programs, contact Chris Mayer at 620-441-5229.

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