Field Study

University of Oklahoma Summer 2017 Archaeology Field School: Deer Creek site, Oklahoma

The 2017 Field School will be at the Deer Creek site in east-central Oklahoma. Students will be working at an ancestral Wichita fortified village and will be investigating the fortification ditches, trash mounds, and village entrance. 

In addition to learning the basics of excavation, students will learn how to digitally map sites, and the many ways that archaeologists colloborate with local and descendant communities. We'll have lectures in the evenings, two public outreach nights, and students can go home on the weekends. 

There are two components to the project: a four-week field study at Kaw Lake, OK, and a three-week laboratory component back in Norman. A total of 7 credit hours will be earned by students taking both of these classes.

More information can be found at the project website, or by contacting Dr. Sarah Trabert.

 The Tulsa District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers created a short video on the Deer Creek Project. 


Previous Field Schools

The 2016 University of Oklahoma Summer Archaeological Field School, directed by Dr. Sam Duwe, was in Abiquiu, New Mexico and focused on the archaeology of early (A.D. 1300-1350) Tewa Pueblo communities.

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.