Welcome to the Professional Archaeologists of Kansas (PAK) website. PAK is an organization composed of professional archaeologists conducting research in Kansas and students working toward degrees and careers in archaeology. PAK's goal is to encourage and facilitate communication about the historic and prehistoric cultural heritage of Kansas and the importance of protecting and preserving archaeological resources for future generations.


45th Annual
Flint Hills Archaeological Conference
Friday, March 22nd and Saturday, March 23rd 2024
Wichita State University, Woolsey Hall, Wichita, Kansas


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What DO archaeologists do in the 21st century? What kinds of jobs and careers ARE they working at? This special issue of the SAA Archaeological Record provides 12 personal accounts of careers in archaeology that prove that archaeology is about MUCH more than digging. This issue can be accessed for free through this link: http://onlinedigeditions.com/publication/?i=65152&p=8 .

Informational Brochures

Burial Brochure 1 ( PDF icon680 kb)

Burial Brochure 2 ( PDF icon1 MB)

Preserving Private Collections ( PDF icon 1.2 MB)

2009 Measuring the Past: A Timeline of Kansas Archaeology ( PDF icon 530 kb)

2008 Professional Archaeologists: Your Guide to Navigating the Project Clearance Highway ( PDF icon 897 kb)

2007 Getting the Archaeological Green Light for Your Projects: A Basic Guide to Complying with Laws Regarding Archaeological Sites (PDF Icon 5.9 MB)

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PAK Press Releases

Nancy Arendt, a native of Colby, Kansas, received a Public Service Award from the Professional Archaeologists of Kansas (PAK) at the annual meeting of the Kansas Anthropological Association (KAA), which met as a socially distanced event in Lindsborg on July 18, 2020. This award is given to community members in recognition of their significant contributions to preserving cultural heritage or promoting public awareness of Kansas’ archeological heritage. Nancy has been active in the KAA and in the Kansas Archeology Training Program for 18 years. She has been instrumental in recording sites in western Kansas. She also is recognized for her exemplary work as a liaison among archeologists, historians, landowners, and collectors. This is the first time since 2012 that this award has been presented. Nancy was nominated by PAK member Virginia Wulfkuhle and State Archeologist Bob Hoard. Membership present at the PAK meeting in March 2020 voted unanimously to recognize Nancy for her hard work and dedication. Congratulations!

Nancy Arendt of Colby, KS poses with her Public Service Award from PAK at the annual KAA meeting. PAK membership voted unanimously to recognize Nancy’s commitment to preserving Kansas’ archeological heritage and for her work with landowners and collectors in western Kansas.


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