Archeologist to present on ancient Wichita village

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Archeologist to present on ancient Wichita village

September 30, 2009

Archeologist Dr. Richard Drass will present at Northwestern Oklahoma State University about the archeology at a 1700s fortified Wichita village in northern Oklahoma. The presentation will be on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 6 p.m., in the Science Amphitheatre.

This event is free and open to the public.

Drass, a University of Oklahoma archeologist, will discuss the current research at the Bryson-Paddock site, which is near Deer Creek in Kay County. Native Americans who lived there from 1700-1755 were involved in trading with the French. Bison hides and meat were traded for guns, kettles, axes, hoes, cloth and glass beads.

Dr. Jason Wickham, assistant professor of chemistry, invited Drass to Northwestern on behalf of the Museum of Natural History. While working on his doctorate at OU, Wickham became well-acquainted with Drass.

Wickham said there are a lot of artifacts at this site, and the community would enjoy learning about it.

“I’m looking forward to people attending the presentation,” Wickham said. “There are a lot of people interested about Native American history. During the 1700s, the drastic changes in their way of life were due to the contact and trading with Europeans,” Wickham said.

Wickham said he hopes to bring a speaker to Northwestern every semester to teach the students and the community about different heritages in this area.

“Hopefully this turns into an ongoing seminar series,” Wickham said.

The Museum of Natural History will be open before and after the presentation. Normal Museum hours are 1-5 p.m. However, for the night of the event, the museum will be open from 5-6 p.m., and 7:30-8:30 p.m.

For more information on Northwestern’s Museum of Natural History, call (580) 327-8513, or contact assistant professors of biology, Dr. Aaron Place at (580) 327-8566, and Dr. Steve Thompson at (580) 327-8573.

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