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These obsidian flakes were recovered during excavations at the Havelock archeological site in Cowley County by Kansas Historical Society archeologists and crew in 1995. There is no natural source of obsidian in Cowley County, so the material was likely traded from a volcanic source such as the Yellowstone region of Wyoming or Taos, New Mexico. The flake on the left was tested and it was determined to be Valle Grande obsidian from 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. The site, with the remains of grass thatched houses and a variety of distinctive stone, ceramic, and bone tools, are part of a set of characteristics that archeologists call the Great Bend aspect. The people that used these characteristics lived between 1400-1700 CE in central and south-central Kansas and are ancestral to the Wichita Indians.

Date: 1400-1700 CE

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Item Number: 507086
Call Number: 14CO332-26-3; -96-3 & -228-1
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 507086

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