45th Annual

Flint Hills Archaeological Conference

Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23, 2024
Woolsey Hall, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas

The Department of Anthropology at Wichita State University, the Archaeological Association of South-Central Kansas, and Stantec are proud to host the 45th Annual Flint Hills Archaeological Conference. This conference promotes archaeological and historical projects in Kansas, Nebraska, western Missouri, northeastern Oklahoma, and nearby areas. This is primarily an archaeological conference, although presentations from the other subfields of anthropology are welcome, as are discussions related to tribal organizations associated with the area. Registration is FREE, though attendees are encouraged to renew membership with the Professional Archaeologists of Kansas at the meeting. On-site registration will be available, but we encourage everyone to pre-register to properly plan all sessions.

General Schedule

Friday, March 22

1-4 p.m.: Etzanoa Site Visit with the Etzanoa Conservancy (must pre-register, meet in Arkansas City)

5-6 p.m.: Anthropology Open House at Wichita State, Neff Hall. Archaeology Labs: 2nd Floor

5-8 p.m.: Early bird party at Social Tap on WSU Campus (4510 E 19th St N, Unit 101, Wichita KS 67208)

Saturday, March 23rd:

9 a.m.: On-site registration opens (Woosley Hall)

9:20 a.m.: Welcome statement

9:30–10:30 a.m.: Oral presentations

10:30-10:45 a.m.:  Break

10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Oral presentations

12:30-2:30 p.m.: Lunch break (on own). Lowell D. Holmes Anthropological Museum Special Open Hours.

2:30-4:00 p.m.: PAK business meeting and poster presentations

5 PM: Post-conference Social TBA


9:30-9:45: Georgia R. Zavala A Preliminary Analysis of Faunal Remains from Etzanoa (14CO3)

9:50-10:05: Siofra Lynch Awl’s Well that Ends Well: A Chaîne Opératoire analysis of Great Bend Aspect Stone Awls

10:10-10:25: Kaitlyn Jacobs and Arland Wallace Site Formation Processes at Etzanoa (14C03): Preliminary Geoarchaeological Flotation Investigation


10:45-11:00: Jesse C. Nowak, Greg J. Maggard, and Scott A. Sundermeyer Redefining the Jewett Site: Preliminary Results from Investigations at an Ancestral Wichita Plains Village Settlement

11:05-11:20: Nolan Johnson, Jennifer Banks, Brian Goodrich The 2023 Community Dig at Ft. Atkinson State Historic Park

11:25-11:40:Shelby Beltz Who's Who at the Kansas Historical Society: Personnel and Program Updates

11:45-12:00: Donald Blakeslee The Art of Archaeological Interpretation

12:05-12:20: Crystal A. Dozier Preparing the Next Generation Plains Archaeologist

12:30-2:30: LUNCH BREAK


Ayla Alves Borges, Dylan Allen, Blair Schneider, Lauren Norman, Bob Miller New discoveries at the Bender family homestead using near-surface geophysics (Site 14LB24)

K.M. Carter Preliminary Analysis of Ground Stone Artifacts from Etzanoa (14CO3)

Norm Conley Etzanoa Relational Databases

Max Gosch, Matthew Howland AI Archaeology: Using AI to Write Python for GIS

Monika Hoffman Wichita Phonology: The Key to Reinvigoration

Robbyn M.S. McKellop, Douglas J. Kressly Assessment of Caddo Ceramics Within the Great Bend Aspect

Abigail Vaughn, Blair Schneider, Jon Boursaw, Scott Holzmeister Using Geophysical Methods to Locate Burials in Uniontown Cemetery

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Local Arrangements

Venue: Wichita State University, Woolsey Hall 134

Hotel: Hyatt Place Wichita State University, 4703 E 19th St N, Wichita, KS 67208

Cost: Conference rate $107 plus taxes and fees, book through this link until 1 March 2024

Parking: Free visitor parking, Lots 13, 15, 41