Research Program Overview

Dismal River Archaeology

The Dismal River Archaeology Project involves faculty and students from both the University of Oklahoma and the University of Iowa. Our research involves the analysis of museum collections, ceramic compositional studies, chronometric dating of materials, and the excavation of Dismal River sites in Kansas and Nebraska.

Our overall project goals revolve around better understanding how Native peoples living on the Great Plains during the Protohistoric period (AD 1600-1750) were influenced by and responded to changes stemming from the European colonization of neighboring regions (the U.S. Southwest in particular). As part of this research, we are interested in learning more about the occupational history, chronology, subsistence practices, identity, and technology of Dismal River peoples. We have spent the last eight years analyzing tens of thousands of artifacts collected from Dismal River sites and excavating at sites such as 14SC409.

For more information, please check out the following pages on this site: The Dismal River Aspect, The Scott County Pueblo (14SC1), 14SC409, White Cat Village (25HN37) and check out our field and lab blog.


Ancestral Wichita Archaeology Project

Trabert, Susan Vehik, Richard Drass, and Stephen Perkins (Oklahoma State University) also investigate the early Wichita occupation of Central and western Oklahoma. Most recently, they have been excavating at the Deer Creek site (34KA3) in Kay County, Oklahoma (site of the 2017 OU Archaeological Field School). Trabert and Perkins have a new survey project near Rush Springs, Oklahoma where they are working to identify the location of two villages described in 1858 historic documents.