Field Study

University of Oklahoma Summer 2016 Archaeology Field School: Abiquiu, New Mexico

The 2016 OU Archaeological Field School is in beautiful Abiquiu, New Mexico and focuses on the archaeology of early (A.D. 1300-1350) Tewa Pueblo communities who lived near the Rio Chama. We’ll primarily be working at the important site of Palisade Ruin where we’ll re-excavate the backdirt of previous excavations and map and stabilize the site. We’ll also conduct landscape and site survey, artifact analysis, and mapping of numerous other contemporaneous villages. We’ll go on many field trips to places of both archaeological and cultural significance, have campfire lectures at night, and visit with students and faculty from other on-going projects in the region. There are two components to the project: a five-week field study in Abiquiu, and a three-week laboratory component back in Norman. A total of 8 credit hours will be earned by students taking both of these classes.

We are now accepting applications (to be reviewed starting March 11, 2016). More information can be found at the project website, or by contacting Dr. Samuel Duwe.



Previous Field Schools

The 2015 University of Oklahoma Summer Archaeology Field School, directed by Dr. Leland Bement, investigated the 9,000 year old bison kill site of Ravenscroft in northwestern Oklahoma.

The 2014 University of Oklahoma Summer Archaeology Field School took place in Spiro Mounds, Oklahoma. The Archaeological Institute of America did a short write up on the excavation. (Images above taken by Misty Wilson.)

In 2013, Dr. Bonnie Pitblado's archaeological field school took place in one of the prettiest settings in the western United States, the Lake City area of Southwest Colorado. This was followed by lab sessions at OU. You can download a copy of the flyer here.

The University of Oklahoma Summer 2012 archaeological field school was an investigation of ancient shell mounds on the St. John's River in northeast Florida. You can download a pdf of Asa Randall's and Kenneth Sassaman's summary report of the field school findings, which were published in Florida Archaeologist.

2013 archaeological field school

OU students participating in block excavations in the base of a 6000 year old shell mound, Lake County, Florida. (Image source: Asa Randall)

The 2011 OU and OSU archaeological field school was at the Bryson-Paddock site. The field school was under the sponsorship of Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma Archeological Survey. The site is in north-central Oklahoma along the Arkansas River near Kaw Lake. Bryson-Paddock is an eighteenth-century Wichita village that was visited by French traders. It is one of the earliest Wichita sites that had extensive contact with Europeans. Excavations have been conducted at this village and a nearby, sister village in 1926, 1974/1975, and 2003-2009. The site is noted for mounds containing trash that includes metal and glass trade materials as well as native artifacts and features such as house patterns, hearths, pits, and fortification ditches.

The 2010 OU archeological field school
took place at the Ramos Creek site, which was occupied by the prehistoric ancestors of the Caddo between AD 1200 and 1500. Caddo Prehistory in Oklahoma blogs about the excavation. In 2011 students had the opportunity to participate in an Advanced Field Opportunity at the Badgerhole Paleoindian Bison Kill Site in Northwest Oklahoma.