Archeologists Dig Up Clues To Kansa Tribe

By: Samantha Anderson
By: Samantha Anderson

TOPEKA, Kan (WIBW)-- If you drive down Highway 24 towards Silver Lake you may see a cluster of tents and people at Menoken Road.

They are part of an archeology training program taking place this summer.

Over 150 years ago the Kansa tribe lived in the field being examined by archeologists new and old.

Shards of pottery, burnt earth and bones offer clues to what the field once was.

Mauren Edison and Rachel Redington drove two and a half hours with their grandfather from Towanda to be part of the Kansas Historical Society's archeology camp.

New historians of all ages attended--including John and Isaaac Fowler of Topeka. They read about digs likethese in "The Smithsonian" and decided to join in.

Bob Hoard has more experience than all of them combined--more than 30 years in different states and countries. He says camps like these are good for the community.

It's history that Hoard says would have otherwise been wiped out. A highway widening project near Menoken Road will soon disrupt the site.

The prospect of saving pieces of the past inspires young generations to learn about those who came before.

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