Congratulations to Rolfe Mandel, named a University Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas: http://news.ku.edu/2014/06/23/ku-names-three-new-university-distinguished-professors
Field Update 5, The Coffey Site; July 21, 2014
Excavations have continued along the Big Blue River during the second 10-day session at the Coffey site in Pottawatomie County, Kansas. Soil is being removed very slowly in several archaeological units as the Odyssey crew excavates Paleoindian-age levels in the Severance Formation. The crew documented and mapped a cluster of Paleoindian chipped-stone in a 50 x 50 cm section of one unit (Photo 1) before the material was removed (Photo 2). A lithic core and small scraper tool were also recovered from Paleoindian-age levels (Photo 3). Dr. Paul Hanson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, visited the site to collect sediment samples in the Severance Formation for optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating (Photo 4). The samples, collected in tubes that are inserted into the profile, will aid in developing site formation chronology (Photo 5).
Photo 1. Cluster of chipped-stone in floor of test unit.
Photo 2. Chipped-stone from the Paleoindian levels in the Severance Formation.
Photo 3. A core and scraper from Paleoindian levels.
Photo 4. Dr. Paul Hanson inserting tubes to collect OSL samples in the Severance Formation.
Photo 5. The OSL samples in the cutbank profile through the Severance Formation.
Text by Laura Murphy, Photos by Kale Bruner