Researchers find artifacts in western Kansas

JETMORE, Kan. | Artifacts dating back 1,000 years were uncovered in western Kansas during an archaeological dig that was required before work on a dam could begin.

The director of the Center for Archaeological Research at Missouri State University discussed the results of the April 2008 dig over the weekend in Jetmore, which is near the dig site.

Neal Lopinot said artifacts suggest the Buckner Creek area initially functioned as an overnight camp and later as a base camp or small hamlet.

Items uncovered in the dig included arrow points, hide-scraping tools and the remains of a small pit-like home.

Lopinot said the occupants lived primarily on bison and deer meat.

The dam being built in Hodgeman County will include a 440-surface-acre lake at the Buckner Creek site.