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About Us

The KAA is an association of professionals and amateurs who are interested in learning more about Kansas prehistory and history. The Kansas Anthropological Association is the oldest amateur archeological organization in the state. Its membership is made up of individuals and institutions interested in the prehistoric and historic Indian peoples of this area and the historic Euroamericans too!

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  • To unite individuals who are interested in the prehistory and history of the state of Kansas.
  • The preservation and interpretation of archeological and ethnological remains within the state.
  • The scientific study, investigation, and interpretation of archeological remains and ethnological materials.
  • The publication and distribution of information concerning Kansas archeology and ethnology.
  • The development and promotion of a greater public interest and appreciation for the heritage of Kansas.
Field Class


  • Quarterly newsletter and annual journal
  • State and local meetings
  • Kansas Archeology Training program field school
  • Certification program
  • Survey, excavation, and lab work activities at events throughout the year
  • Association with professional archeologists
  • Enjoyable and challenging experiences for every family member
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Code of Ethics


Membership in the KAA runs from January to December and includes quarterly newsletters and an annual journal. All KAA members, new or renewing, must sign the KAA Code of Ethics which appears on the second page of the membership form. On family membership forms, all members of a household age 12 and older must co-sign the Code of Ethics.

Membership renewal forms are mailed to members in December. New members can print out a KAA membership form and KAA Code of Ethics signature page.



Member Recognition

Lifetime Achievement Award

The KAA Lifetime Achievement Award signifies long-term dedication to the organization and to the advancement of archeology. The award, if given, will be announced at the KAA Annual Meeting. Requirements for the award, adopted in September 2003, are as follows.

  1. The nomination must be made by a KAA member and sent to the state president for review. The nomination must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation listing why the award should be granted and providing documentation of qualifications.
  2. The award must be approved by a majority of the KAA Executive Committee. The award will be individualized to suit the honoree, the cost of which is not to exceed $50.
  3. The recipient must have been a member of the KAA for at least 10 years.
  4. The recipient must have participated in at least five Kansas Archeology Training Program field schools or equivalent.
  5. The recipient must have contributed service to the KAA organization through committee work, holding an office, leadership, or other significant service.
  6. The recipient must have produced a significant body of anthropological/archeologicalwork, either alone or in cooperation. (This is beyond participation in state KAA events. It may be in the area of program development, experimental archeology, publications, area surveys, site reports, outreach, etc.)
  7. The recipient may have participated in the KAA Certification Program, but it is not required.

Kansas Anthropological Association