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April 16, 2014

Kansas Archaeology Day held at Cowley College


The Cowley College Anthropology and the Cowley Public Archaeology & History Group hosted the third annual Kansas Archaeology Day Saturday, April 12 inside the Earle N. Wright Community Room. The day consisted of exhibits and presentations.


Archaeology Day

This year’s theme was “First Kansas, First Americans”, focusing on the PaleoIndian people who first inhabited the region.

University of Kansas professor of Archaeology Dr. Mandel gave the keynote address and spoke on evidence of the first inhabitants of the Great Plains, including his extensive field work here in Kansas.

“He was the perfect guest speaker, very personable and approachable, with just the right mix of technical detail for a general audience,” Cowley anthropology instructor Chris Mayer said. “I'm very grateful to Dr. Mandel for so generously sharing his time and expertise with us.”

The event also had a kid’s dig activity, in which aspiring archaeologists were able to “excavate” for replica arrowheads. New this year was the demonstrations of the atlatl, the spear thrower used by the PaeloIndians in Kansas and across North America. The best hunters took home gift cards from WB Meats in Ark City.

Todd Shepherd, Social Science Department Chair, enjoyed the event as well as the keynote presentation by Dr. Mandel.

“I think it is a real credit to Cowley and the Anthropology program to have such a knowledgeable researcher come and share their expertise,” Shepherd said. “An event like this offers students and the public exposure to cutting-edge academics. I look forward to next year’s event.”

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