us on Tuesday, April 1st at 7pm at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History for the monthly meeting of the Cleveland County chapter of the Oklahoma Anthropological Society. Dr. Scott Hammerstedt will be our presenter, giving a talk on 2013 Excavations at Spiro. We hope you can join us! Please spread the word and bring friends and family - all are welcome.
Scott will be talking about
recent and upcoming geophysical survey and excavations at the Spiro Mounds
archaeological site. Scott and other
researchers from Oklahoma and Arkansas conducted the first professional
excavations at Spiro in over three decades. The fieldwork was prompted by
remote sensing evidence that showed that likely prehistoric structures were in
danger of being lost to erosion.
This is very exciting research. Scott and his colleagues did more fieldwork over spring break and have a field school coming up this summer, so we will have more discoveries to look forward to. For more information, see the Spiro Landscape Archaeological Projecton Facebook.
Also, this is not entirely pinned down yet, but it looks like the OAS spring meeting will be at the Oklahoma History Center on May 17th. The spring dig will be a little later than usual. It will probably in June at the Bryson Paddock site in Kay County, in conjunction with the field school.
This meeting is cancelled. Although the main roads look good, the museum parking lot is icy and though it may partially melt today, it will refreeze this evening. The next meeting will be Tuesday, April 1st, when we will hear about the recent and upcoming work at Spiro Mounds.
The OAS Cleveland County chapter will be having its next meeting on Tuesday, March 4th, at 7pm at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. All are welcome!
Major archaeology news! A team of researchers have sequenced DNA from a young boy from the Clovis era (~12,000 years ago). The major result: genetically, most contemporary American Indians are directly related to the Clovis people.
The remains, which were found on private land, were not subject to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). The researchers have consulted with local tribes in Montana, though, and a reburial is planned for later this spring.