Mesa Verde artifacts on display at Wichita State

Artifacts from inhabitants of Mesa Verde are on display in an exhibit at the Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology at Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount.

The exhibit, “Southwest Archaeology, The Ewing Site: An Unusually Rich and Surprising Place,” opened late last month.

“You will see prehistoric potter and bone tools from Southwest Colorado,” said museum director Jerry Martin.

While the artifacts have been at the university since the ’70s, Martin said, it wasn’t until December 2011 that the Ewing family donated them to the school.

“The collection is hundreds and hundreds of boxes,” he said. “What’s on display is only a small part.”

The exhibit is broken into two parts, the first being the excavation and what they found, the second being the techniques they used.

The exhibit is free to view. Official museum hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Because the exhibit is on the first floor in Neff Hall, viewers can see the exhibit as long as the building is open, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The exhibit will be open through 2013.