The 39th Flint Hills Archaeological conference

  The 39th Annual Flint Hills Archaeological Conference is meeting Thursday, March 23,Friday March 24 and Saturday, March 25, 2016, Paper presentations (and posters) will be on the campus of Cowley College, in central Arkansas City

Submit titles and short abstracts and RSVPs to Donald Blakeslee at:   

Deadline:  March 6

This year’s conference will be hosted by Wichita State University and the Etzanoa Conservancy in Arkansas City, Kansas.


      March 23 Thursday evening:  Early Bird party At the home of “Hap” McLeod end of Kirk Road, Crestwood Neighborhood, Arkansas City (see Map)


      March 24 Friday evening:  Gala with heavy hors d’ouvres, free wine tasting, a cash bar, and live music  at the Historic Burford Theater in downtown Arkansas City (cost is $20).

      March 25 Saturday: Tour of the Etzanoa site Meet at the Land Rush Museum, south Highway 77 (across the bridge, top of the hill,   right (west) side.  We will visit the museum briefly, then go to Camp Quaker Haven, the battlefield,  the rock art, the House property, the Country Club, and the Lake Louise area.  This covers about half of the portion of Etzanoa on the east side of the river.


Paper presentations (and posters) will be on the centrally located campus of Cowley College.

Local motels are few in number.  In order of ratings (and price) they are

        Best Western Plus

        Super Eight

        Aemrica;s Best Value

        Town House Motel (not recommended)

        There is also an hotel at the 7 Clans Casino, a short drive south of town.

There is no conference registration fee.

Please share this notice with students and colleagues.


     ETZANOA is the native name for an ancestral Wichita town located near the mouth of the Walnut River.  Spanish visitors in 1601 estimated its population at approximately 20,000 people and reported that some of them could speak Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs.  There is archaeological evidence for trade contacts with the Tewas, Pawnees and Caddos Given that this town was recorded as more than twenty separate archaeological sites, it is likely that other such clusters in Butler, Rice, McPherson and Marion counties also reflect the presents of large towns.