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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.

Date: 1500-1700 CE

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Obsidian from the Majors Site, 14RC2 - 1

Item Number: 447935
Call Number: 14RC2 1982.H Parish donation
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 447935

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