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Students working at the Midwest Archaeological Field School dig site

During the summer of 2018 the JCCC Midwest Archaeological Field School conducted investigations at a prehistoric site along the shores of Longview Lake. This was a continuation of research initiated in 2015. In addition to better defining the extent and nature of occupation at the site, we seek 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 at the junction of the Kansas and Missouri rivers.

Our research focus this summer was on previously identified sites that have received little systematic investigation. Field school students were actively involved in the collection and documentation of archaeological resources. Our primary focus was the excavation of prehistoric remains. Students also assisted in the processing and analysis of artifacts recovered during excavations. By the conclusion of the field school, students gained experience in all facets of archaeological fieldwork.