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Collection Highlights

These web pages present a detailed description of several collections curated at the Archaeological Research Center.  In general, these pages may be more accurately seen as online exhibits, in that they include data on archaeological excavations, artifact analysis, or donor information.  The Kansas City Hopewell Collection was prepared as part of an internal grant from the KU Digital Library. The Schultz and Aker pages were prepared by students as part of a general practicum requirement, in partnership with the Digital Initiatives Program at KU and Emporia State University.

Additional pages highlighting other collections will be added as they are created. 

Guide to Collections

As a means of providing increased access to the extensive archaeological collections, the ARC developed a partnership with the Digital Initiatives Program and the Spencer Research Library at KU to create finding aids to the documents that support the various archaeological collections and types of investigations.  A finding aid template was designed following EAD (encoded archival description) standards while the selected fields reflect the nature of the archaeological records.  Where available, a pdf version of a written report associated with the archaeological investigations may be accessed at the end of the finding aid.  As time permits, we will add images of associated artifacts and maps.

The guides are grouped by a common name, such as the principal investigator, a geographical region, or a field school.  To request access to or copies of any of the documents, please follow the instructions in the ARC procedures.

Carlyle S. Smith

Carlyle Smith was born in 1915 in Great Neck, New York.  He received his PhD from Columbia University where he trained under William Duncan Strong and was initially exposed to Plains archaeology.  He joined the University of Kansas faculty in 1947 as an assistant professor with the Department of Anthropology and assistant curator with the Natural History Museum.  His fieldwork spanned 1938 to 1975 and included investigations in New York, South Dakota, Kansas, Easter Island and the Marquesas  The following guides relate to projects which Smith directed.

Summer Field School

The KU Department and Museum of Anthropology established an annual archaeological field school in 1967 to provide training in proper field techniques and to expose students to the rich prehistoric record of the North American Great Plains. Funding for the field school came from various sources and at times, several institutions combined resources in a collaborative approach.  Thus, the field school name changed periodically to reflect the cooperative approach.  The Kansas Archaeological Field School combined funds from the University of Kansas and Kansas State University and the Great Plains Archaeological Field School operated as a joint venture with the University of Missouri, Wichita State University, Kansas State University and the University of Kansas.

Comparative Collection

Teaching Collection


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