The Flint Hills Archaeological Conference (originally called the Flint Hills/Osage Hills Conference) began in 1979 as a venue for archaeologists working on projects in eastern Kansas, western Missouri, northeastern Oklahoma, and nearby areas to discuss and compare ideas and findings. Not affiliated with any organization and always reliant on a local sponsor, it has been held every year since (see Previous Conferences) and continues to serve as a platform for presentations on topics related to discovering and interpreting past human cultures of this general area. This is primarily an archaeological conference, although presentations from the other subfields of anthropology are welcome, as are discussions related to tribal organizations associated with the area. The program is anchored by formal presentations, but historically has also included field trips, blocks of time set aside for comparing and discussing collections, round-table discussions, and the occasional forum (and one pipe organ recital). It has always served as a welcoming and gentle occasion for students in archaeology, graduate and undergraduate alike, to present what might be their first papers, and for professionals to try out new results from on-going projects. A conference reception provides opportunities for informal social interaction among colleagues and for additional discussion of topics of interest.
We hope you will join us!