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Petroglyphs of the Kansas Smoky Hills

July 10, 2022
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Lincoln County Historical Museum
216 W. Lincoln Ave Lincoln


The Lincoln County Historical Society will present a program on “Petroglyphs of the Kansas Smoky Hills” at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 10, at the museum.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Made possible by Humanities Kansas, the presentation and discussion will feature Rex Buchanan, a former director of the Kansas Geological Survey.

Lincoln County and the surrounding area is home to many petroglyphs, although some of been lost to time. Although Kansas history often seems to start in 1541, when Coronado and his company first came through our state, Native people lived on the plains for centuries before the arrival of Europeans, and some left behind rock carvings on soft sandstone in the middle of the state.

Based on Buchanan’s book, “Petroglyphs of the Kansas Smoky Hills,” this presentation focuses on these carvings, the people who made them, and what the carvings tell us about those people and their relationship to the land. The presentation also discusses the challenges of dating and interpreting these carvings, the threats posed by erosion and vandalism, and the role of landowners whose property shelters these carvings.

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For more information, call the museum (785-524-9997) or Tracee Hamilton (202-744-9041).

Petroglyphs of the Kansas Smoky Hills
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