Graduate Anthropology Program

Archaeology

Current Faculty Research Projects

  • Mobility, subsistence, and territoriality of Paleo Indian and Archaic hunters of the Plains; faunal analysis (Bement)
  • Prehistoric village agriculturalists in the Southern Plains; cultural resource management, public education (Brooks)
  • Archaeology and ethnography of the Pueblo Southwest; landscape and human-environment interactions; indigenous archaeologies, cosmology and religion, ceramics, archaeometry, public education (Duwe)
  • Archaeological geophysics; social organization and labor mobilization of Mississippian societies; Caddo archaeology in eastern Oklahoma; experimental archaeology; ceramics (Hammerstedt)
  • Political economy and social inequality in prehispanic Mesoamerica; household archaeology and urbanism at Postclassic Tututepec, Oaxaca; museum anthropology; antiquities trade (Levine)
  • Social and political change in the late prehistoric southeast; origins of social inequality, complex societies, ceramics, computer and quantitative methods in archaeology (Livingood)
  • Paleoamerican use of the Southern and Middle Rocky Mountains and Oklahoma’s upland environments; developing a quartzite-sourcing protocol; lithic technology and analysis; public archaeology and museum anthropology (Pitblado)
  • Early monuments in the Southeast; hunter-gatherer social histories and landscape use; shell mound archaeology in Florida; remote sensing (Randall)
  • Caddoan societies of the Red River Valley in Oklahoma; Mississippian/Protohistoric transition in the Southeast; ceramic analysis; multivariate statistical analysis (Regnier)

Research Facilities

Program Requirements

We expect that a graduate student focusing in archaeology will have had an archaeological field school or the equivalent in field training before matriculation.

The Ph.D. program requirements include 60 hours of course work beyond the Master's, 30 hours of dissertation research, a general exam, and a dissertation. Students who have obtained an M.A. degree in anthropology elsewhere must complete 60 credit hours, including 30 dissertation hours, a general exam, and a dissertation.


The M.A. program requires 27 hours of coursework, including four core courses, and three hours of thesis credit. A thesis is required. Faculty focus on the Greater Southwest, the Plains, and the Southeast, as well as power relations, social change, human ecology, cultural ecology, ideology, and inequality. Students may participate in the many field research opportunities with faculty members. Faculty also provide specialized training in the analysis of various artifacts such as architecture, ceramics, lithics, faunal materials, and paleoethnobotany.

Please see the OU Course Catalog for a list of anthropology courses. Please click here to see the courses offered during the current and upcoming semester.

Archaeology faculty

Southern Mimbres Project workers Dr. Samuel Duwe
Dr. Marc Levine
Dr. Patrick Livingood
Dr. Matthew Pailes
Dr. Bonnie Pitblado
Dr. Asa R. Randall
Dr. Sarah Trabert

Right: Southern Mimbres Archaeological Project survey crew, summer of 2010. From left to right, Nick Beale, Shelbie Bartlett, Fabiola Silva, Ali Livesay, and Dr. Pat Gilman

Affiliated archaeology faculty

Dr. Lee Bement
Dr. Robert Brooks (retired)
Dr. Richard Drass
Dr. Marjorie Duncan (retired)
Dr. Scott Hammerstedt
Dr. Amanda Regnier

Emeritus faculty

Dr. Patricia Gilman
Dr. Paul Minnis
Dr. Don Wyckoff
Dr. Rich Pailes
Dr. Susan Vehik
Dr. Joe Whitecotton