Susan A. Holland, a native of Topeka, Kansas, received a degree in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University at Flagstaff.
After pursuing a career in the west, southwest, and Hawaii, she returned to Kansas where she was employed by the Archeological Office of the Kansas State Historical Society on a field project at Arkansas City, Kansas. The excavation contained numerous Wichita Indian sites.
Susan was accustomed to seeing visible remains of prehistoric features in other areas where she had worked. Wichita sites in Kansas were a different story. Perishable house remains had completely disappeared, and only hidden sub-surface cache pits remained. These pits proved to be a rich source of artifacts and information about the Wichita Indians.