Excavations at Fool Chief's Village

Sunday, April 6, 2 pm

Excavations at the Fool Chief’s Village

Presented by:  Tricia Waggoner – KSHS Highway Archaeologist

WaggonerThis presentation is a brief overview of excavations at the Fool Chief's Village (14SH305) archaeological site. This site has undergone excavation due to a highway project by the Kansas Department of Transportation. Fool Chief's Village is a Kansa Village that was occupied from 1830-1844. It was the largest of three Kansa villages occupied at the time. The village was abandoned after the largest flood of the Kansas River ever recorded put the village underwater.  Excavations at this village have provided much insight into a time of cultural change for Plains Indians. This is a time when the People of the Plains were just starting to sign treaties with the US Government and be assigned reservation lands to allow Euro-American settlers greater access to the west.

Tricia Waggoner is the Highway Archeologist at the Kansas Historical Society.  As such, she coordinates with the Kansas Department of Transportation for the protection and investigation of archeological resources within the state.  Tricia received her Master’s Degree in Anthropology at Wichita State University in 2005. She lives in Topeka with her husband and two daughters.

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