Kansas Archaelogical Field School

Uploaded by KState on 30.07.2010

My name is Brad Logan. I'm the research associate professor of anthropology
and I'm talking about the Kansas Archaeological field school of 2010.
What Archaeology is, is the study of the human past in every regard.
Everything we can learn about what human beings have done, either in history or pre history
based on their material remains. This site belongs to a culture we call Hopewell,
which extends throughout the American midwest. When we first dug the site in 1991, we found
artifacts that are quite similar to this and basically one of the reasons that I went back
is to kind of connect some of the excavations that we have done in 1991 and increase the
sample. In particular, well what you see before you
here, a representative sample of pottery, which are very distinctive to the Kansas City
Hopewell culture. The decorative treatment around the mouth
of the vessels, so these are rim shards from around the mouth, a projector points and knives,
piercing and cutting tools, hunting weapons, scraping tools for preparing hides and at
the end we have representative of some of the animals that were hunted.
Really it was an opportunity, the field School, but really I wanted to do archaeology as a
field and it's a necessary step to take and it's something that I want to do for the experience
and for the enjoyment. Basically what we try to do in the Field School
is teach the very meticulous methods that are employed, not just by the archeologists
in the United States but around the world. To be quite frank, it will give me my skills
as an archaeologist, but it's, I don't know, a level of understanding in what's actually
going on. Dispelling all of previous notions and showing
this is the facts this is what archeology is.
And what of the advantages of the field school is that the methods that the students learn
in the Field School can be applied anywhere. If they go on to do archeology not in the
United States but in Mesoamerica, Mesopotamia, wherever and so one of the things that we
teach them is how to you use surveying instruments, or we call a total station or a electronic
distance measurer EDM, how to precisely map a site topographically, how to layout and
record the precise location of our excavation units.
Any artifact that is 2.5 cm or greater in size is mapped precisely, exactly where it
is found. They will put it in one of these sacks and
they will record the site number the unit coordinates, the field number given to the
artifact, there'll put their initials on the sack, the date they found it.
So it's basically imparting to the students how very meticulous archaeologists can be
in the field.