Midwest Archaeological Field School

During the summer of 2015 the JCCC Midwest Archaeological Field School will be conducting investigations at one or more sites in the greater Kansas City area. In addition to better defining the extent and nature of occupation at the sites, we are seeking to address some broader issues related to cultural identity, interregional interaction, and the impact of modern activities on archaeological remains.

The archaeological record of the area surrounding Kansas City contains a fascinating and significant story. For over 10,000 years, the local inhabitants drew on the rich environmental resources. More importantly, this area was transitional between the Great Plains to the west and the Woodlands to the east. Connections between both these culture areas are reflected in the technology, trade, and traditions found in at the junction of the Kansas and Missouri rivers.

Our research focus this summer will be on previously identified sites that have received little systematic investigation. Field school students will be actively involved in the collection and documentation of archaeological resources. This includes survey, testing, and excavation in association with prehistoric remains. Students will also assist in the processing and analysis of artifacts recovered during excavations. By the conclusion of the field school, students will have gained experience in all facets of archaeological fieldwork.