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Modified Obisidian Flake from the Woods Site, 14CY30

Modified Obisidian Flake from the Woods Site, 14CY30
Date: 1000-1500 CE
This modified flake of obsidian was recovered from a Clay County Middle Ceramic period village with at least two house. There is no natural source of obsidian in Clay County, so it was likely traded from a volcanic source such as the Yellowstone region of Wyoming or Taos, New Mexico. 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.


Obsidian Arrow Points from El Cuartelejo, 14SC1

Obsidian Arrow Points from El Cuartelejo, 14SC1
Date: 1650-1750 CE
Shown are two obsidian arrow points that were recovered from the El Cuartelejo site in Scott County. These arrow points were recovered during the 1976 Kansas Archeology Training Program field school. There is no natural source of obsidian in Scott County, so it was likely traded from a volcanic source such as the Yellowstone region of Wyoming or Taos, New Mexico. El Cuartelejo, also called the Scott County Pueblo, has been excavated and studied by many archeologists since 1898. The site, unique in Kansas, is the location of a seven room pueblo occupied by refugees from the Taos and Picuris pueblos in New Mexico in addition to Dismal River aspect groups (Apache).


Obsidian Arrow Points from Morris County

Obsidian Arrow Points from Morris County
Date: 1-1000 CE
These two obsidian arrow points were found along the Santa Fe trail near Wilsey, in Morris County. Both arrow points are corner notched. The source for obsidian is not found locally in Morris County, but most likely was traded in from a mountainous area that had seen volcano activity long ago (obsidian is volcanic glass). 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.


Obsidian Flake from the Bozone Blowout #1 Site, 14SV403

Obsidian Flake from the Bozone Blowout #1 Site, 14SV403
Date: 1000-1800 CE
Sometimes the smallest artifact recovered from a site can have a good potential for helping Archeologists understand the activities at the site. Take, for example, this small obsidian fragment, broken off of either a biface or an arrow point. There is no natural source of obsidian in Stevens County, so it was likely traded from a volcanic source such as the Yellowstone region of Wyoming or Taos, New Mexico. 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.


Obsidian Flakes from the Grassroots Site, 14SN307

Obsidian Flakes from the Grassroots Site, 14SN307
Date: 1-1000 CE
These two obsidian flakes were recovered from the Grassroots site, an Early Ceramic period site in Sherman County. In 2005, they analyzed using x-ray florescence (XRF) testing, an elemental analysis that matches the composition of the artifact to the composition of known sources. One piece was determined to be Valles Rhyolite from the Cerro del Medio member and the other to be Cerro Toledo Rhyolite from the Obsidian Ridge member, both places found in the Jemez Mountains in New Mexico. Thus XRF studies help archeologists to learn about ancient trade patterns.


Obsidian from the Ade Site, 14MP311

Obsidian from the Ade Site, 14MP311
Date: 1000-1800 CE
These three pieces of obsidian were recovered from the Ade site in McPherson County and, in 2004, were donated to the Kansas Historical Society. The Ade site was a multicomponent site with occupations in the Middle and Late Ceramic periods. There is no natural source of obsidian in McPherson County, so it was likely traded from a volcanic source such as the Yellowstone region of Wyoming or Taos, New Mexico. These small pieces of obsidian have not yet been sent for xray-florescence (XRF) testing, a chemical and elemental analysis that determines where material came from originally. 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.


Obsidian from the Country Club Site, 14CO3

Obsidian from the Country Club Site, 14CO3
Date: 1400-1725 CE
These two fragments of obsidian were excavated from a Great Bend aspect village site in Cowley County during Phase IV archeological investigations in 1995. In 2005, they, along with other obsidian from the site, were analyzed using x-ray florescence (XRF) testing, an elemental analysis that matches the composition of the artifact to the composition of known sources. It was determined the obsidian from the site was Valles Rhyolite from the Cerro del Medio member and Cerro Toledo Rhyolite from the Obsidian Ridge member, both places found in the Jemez Mountains in New Mexico. Thus XRF studies help archeologists to learn about ancient trade patterns. The Country Club site had been much impacted by a water line, golf greens, roads, and highways. Excavations had been occurring at the site since 1916.


Obsidian from the Majors Site, 14RC2

Obsidian from the Majors Site, 14RC2
Date: 1500-1700 CE
These three obsidian artifacts, one modified flake and two flakes, were recovered from the Majors site in Rice County and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1982. There is no natural source of obsidian in Rice County, so it was likely traded from a volcanic source such as the Yellowstone region of Wyoming or Taos, New Mexico. The Majors site was a Great Bend aspect, Little River focus (ancestral Wichita) site that was occupied during the late 17th century based on southwestern pottery styles. 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.


Obsidian from the Paint Creek Site, 14MP1

Obsidian from the Paint Creek Site, 14MP1
Date: 1500-1800 CE
These two pieces of obsidian, along with five others from the Paint Creek site in McPherson County, were analyzed using x-ray florescence (XRF) testing, an elemental analysis that matches the composition of the artifact to the composition of known sources. The pieces were found to be from the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico, Sierra de Pachuca, Mexico, and an unidentified source. Thus XRF studies help archeologists to learn about ancient trade patterns. The Paint Creek site is what archeologists call part of the Little River Focus of the Great Bend Aspect, whose people practiced fishing, hunting, gathering, and agriculture.


Obsidian from the Thompson Site, 14RC9

Obsidian from the Thompson Site, 14RC9
Date: 1500-1800 CE
These two obsidian artifacts were excavated at the Thompson site in Rice County during the 1986 Kansas Archeological Training Program field school. There is no natural source of obsidian in Rice County, so it was likely traded from a volcanic source such as the Yellowstone region of Wyoming or Taos, New Mexico. The small artifact may be an arrow point, while the other may be either a knife tip or a biface. The site, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, was a Great Bend aspect (ancestral Wichita) village occupied during the Late Ceramic Period. 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.


Obsidian from the Tobias Site, 14RC8

Obsidian from the Tobias Site, 14RC8
Date: 1400-1700 CE
These three obsidian artifacts were recovered from excavations during the 1977 and 1978 Kansas Archeology Training Program field schools at the Tobias site in Rice County. Shown are two bifaces and a triangular Fresno arrow point. Other obsidian recovered from the site was sourced to New Mexico by using xray-florescence (XRF) testing, a chemical and elemental analysis that determines where obsidian originates. The Tobias site is a Great Bend aspect (ancestral Wichita) village that had dense artifact deposits, house remains, and numerous deep trash-filled storage pits. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


Obsidian from the Wullschleger Site, 14MH301

Obsidian from the Wullschleger Site, 14MH301
Date: 1-1800 CE
This modified flake was collected from the Wullschleger site in Marshall County and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1961. The site was occupied periodically throughout the Early, Middle and Late Ceramic periods. There is no natural source of obsidian in Marshall County, so it was likely traded from a volcanic source such as the Yellowstone region of Wyoming or Taos, New Mexico. Archeologists are interested in what even the smallest of artifacts can tell about how people used resources, moved across their landscapes and interacted with other groups.


Obsidian Paleoindian Projectile Point from Morris County

Obsidian Paleoindian Projectile Point from Morris County
Date: 11000-7000 BCE
This nearly complete paleoindian point was found on the east side of the former Kaw Reservation in Morris County. There is no natural source of obsidian in Morris County, so it was likely traded from a volcanic source such as the Yellowstone region of Wyoming or Taos, New Mexico. The point would have functioned as a spear tip. The tip and one ear are missing. The artifact is a good example of oblique parallel flaking. Paleoindian people traveled in small groups, hunting large game, including now extinct bison. Stone tools help reveal how these people lived, traveled, and differed from other groups.


Side-Notched Arrow Points from the Tobias Site, 14RC8

Side-Notched Arrow Points from the Tobias Site, 14RC8
Date: 1400-1700 CE
These four side-notched arrow points were recovered from excavations at the 1977 Kansas Archeology Training Program field school at the Tobias site in Rice County. The notches on the arrow points aided in hafting the point to the arrow shaft. From left to right the points are made of obsidian, and unknown chert type, and two heat-treated Permian cherts. There is no natural source of obsidian in Rice County, so it was likely traded from a volcanic source such as the Yellowstone region of Wyoming or Taos, New Mexico. Heat-treating chert helps to improve the knapping qualities of that chert. The Tobias site is a Great Bend aspect (ancestral Wichita) village that had dense artifact deposits, house remains, and numerous deep trash-filled storage pits. The site is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


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