Field Study

University of Oklahoma Summer 2013 Archaeology Field School: A Colorado Rocky Mountain High!

Come learn about all key elements of archaeological field work in one of the prettiest settings in the western United States! The field study portion of the course will take place in the Lake City area of Southwest Colorado from May 27 through July 3, 2013, followed by lab sessions at OU from July 8 through July 31, 2013. Apply early--enrollment is limited, so send in your application as soon as possible. For more information, please contact Dr. Bonnie Pitblado. You can download the application as a .doc file or a PDF file. You can download a PDF copy of the flyer here.

2013 OU Archaeological Field School Flier 

Previous Field Schools

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 copy of the flyer describing the field school here.

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.