Between 500 and 1100 CE the treeless western Kansas plains were inhabited by people who made pottery and used spear throwers and the bow and arrow. They lived in small temporary houses with round packed-earth floors and ate deer, bison, pronghorn, fish, and small mammals. The Kansas Historical Society and the Kansas Anthropological Association will hold the annual Kansas Archeology Training Program (KATP) field school June 5-20 at a High Plains prehistoric village site located west of Hays in Ellis County.
Archeologists will survey and excavate the site, then clean and catalog artifacts in the laboratory located at Hays Middle School, 201 W. 29th Street. Visitors are welcome to observe at the excavation site and in the laboratory. A full schedule of evening programs will be free and open to the public. For more information call 785-580-7584 or visit kshs.org/14622.