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These two obsidian artifacts were excavated at the Thompson site in Rice County during the 1986 Kansas Archeological Training Program. The site, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was a Great Bend aspect village site occupied during the Late Ceramic Period. The source for obsidian is not found locally in Rice County, but most likely was traded in from a mountainous area that had seen volcano activity long ago (obsidian is volcanic glass). The small artifact may be an arrow point, while the other may be either a knife tip or a biface. Archeologists are interested in what the artifacts, even the smallest of artifacts, can tell about how people used resources, moved across their landscapes and interacted with other groups.

Date: 1500 CE-1800

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Obsidian from the Thompson Site, 14RC9 - 1

Item Number: 449010
Call Number: 14RC9-586-141 & 14RC9-696-151
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 449010

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