Wednesday, May 14, 2014

OAS Spring Meeting and Spring Dig

Are you ready for the Oklahoma Anthropological Society spring meeting and spring dig? 

The spring meeting will be on Saturday, May 17th, at the Oklahoma History Center.  The theme will be The Steamboat Heroine: from the Red River to the Oklahoma History Museum.  

Oklahoma's only known shipwreck
The spring dig will be at the Bryson Paddock site from May 24th to June 1st.  Dr. Susan Vehik and Dr. Richard Drass will be directing excavations at the protohistoric Wichita village

Find out more details on both events at http://www.ou.edu/cas/archsur/oas/.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

April 1st - Spiro at SNOMNH!


Join 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 Project on 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.

Friday, February 28, 2014

CANCELLED

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!


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Ancient American DNA

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.

Ancient DNA Ties Native Americans from Two Continents to Clovis (Richard Harris, NPR, 13 February 2014)

Here is a link to the original article: The genome of a Late Pleistocene human from a Clovis burial site in western Montana (Rasmussen et al. 2014) 

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.

Ancient Genome Stirs Ethics Debate (Ewen Calloway, Nature, 12 February 2014)

To learn more about the Clovis culture, check out the Center for the Studies of the First Americans at Texas A&M and the Wikipedia article.


Clovis point (In the workplace) Example of a Clovis fluted blade that is 11,000 years old Image courtesy of the Virginia Dept. of Historic Resources.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

February - Indigenous Burmese

Note: If the University of Oklahoma closes due to weather, 
we will reschedule this meeting for Tuesday, February 11th.