2017 OU Archaeology Field School

2016 Excavations
2016 Excavations

We are excited to announce that the 2017 Field School will be at the Deer Creek site in east-central Oklahoma. This will be a fantastic opportunity for students to learn the basics of archaeological excavation and mapping. Students will be working at an ancestral Wichita fortified village and will be investigating the fortification ditches, trash mounds, trash/storage pits, and village entrance.

Iron hoe
Iron hoe

In addition to learning the basics of excavation, students will learn how archaeologists digitally map sites, and how researchers interpret the past in collaboration with descendant communities. This is an amazing opportunity to not only learn about archaeology, but also more about the archaeology of Oklahoma!

To help make the field school more affordable to students, we’re also running a OU Thousands Strong campaign to raise funds. A video introducing this campaign and the site can be found here.



Classes: ANTH 3930 (4 credit hours) and ANTH 4763 (3 credit hours).

Dates: June 5 to June 30 for the field portion of the class at Kaw Lake and July 5 to August 1 for the lab portion of the class in Norman. All students are expected to camp at Kaw Lake from Sunday evening through Friday afternoons. Students will be allowed to leave camp (if they choose) late Friday afternoon and head back to Norman until Sunday evening.

Prerequisite: Instructor permission. All interested students must complete and submit an application form by March 31 to be considered for enrollment. You may find that form here: 2017 OU Field School Application

Eligibility: This class is open to any undergraduate students. In case we receive more applications than there are spots, preferences will be given to students who will enroll in both classes.

Cost: Information coming soon!

Skills: Students will learn how to excavate, site map, survey, and conduct artifact analysis (primarily ceramics, lithics, and groundstone). Students will also learn to analyze artifacts and how to write-up their results.

Work schedule: Field work will take place Monday through Friday during the field portion of the project. During the lab portion, class will take place 11-4:40 daily, Monday through Friday.

Accommodations: We will be camping for four weeks at Kaw Lake. Students should be ready to live out of a tent for an extended amount of time and will need to purchase their own basic camping equipmtn. Students will be responsible for their own housing during the lab class in Norman.

Instructors:The class has three instructors: Sarah Trabert and two graduate student teaching assistants.

Please direct any questions to Sarah Trabert by email, strabert@ou.edu.