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Rice County - Kansas Archeology Training Program

Kansas Archeology Training Program - Tobias siteJoin us for the Kansas Archeology Training Program (KATP) field school at the Tobias site near Lyons in Rice County June 1-16, 2019. The Kansas Historical Society and the Kansas Anthropological Association present this annual field school, which is an opportunity for the public to work alongside professional and avocational archeologists in finding and excavating archeological sites and processing the resulting artifacts in the lab. No experience is necessary—just a desire to learn. 

The Tobias site dates between AD 1400 to 1700 and was inhabited by the ancestors of the modern-day Wichita and Affiliated Tribes. This was likely a part of the region of Quivira seen by Coronado in 1541. Portions of the Tobias site previously were excavated by the Smithsonian Institution in the mid-1900s and during the 1977 and 1978 KATP field schools. The 2019 field school will be an opportunity to further explore the Tobias site using current technology and methods.

Registration will be available online from March 1, to May 25, 2019; it is is limited based on activity on a day-by-day basis. Watch for more information about a full schedule of evening programs to be held in Lyons and vicinity; admission to the programs is free and open to the public.

Learn more about this year's KATP.

Online registration is now closed, however, walk-ons may be accepted.