Location: Guymon, Oklahoma, United States
Join an interdisciplinary team of researchers as they converge in the Oklahoma panhandle to tackle questions of Paleoindian organization and hunting technology. This summer we will continue excavating the late Paleoindian age (10,400 year old) Bull Creek camp site and search for new sites in the Oklahoma panhandle. The Bull Creek camp is a large, deeply buried habitation site containing camp activity areas, including stone tool production and animal processing. Four occupation levels have been defined so far. One is contemporaneous with winter-time bison hunting. Another level is a summertime occupation when at least 15 different animal species were brought back to camp. This site dates to the Late Paleoindian Period when climate conditions were becoming increasingly warmer and drier. We plan to open an extended excavation block of approximately 25 square meters at some distance from the existing 30 square meter areas excavated in 2009, 2015, and 2016. We will also conduct surveys of the surrounding area to search for additional sites. Students will learn standard excavation techniques, soils and stratigraphy, and other archaeological procedures, including surveying techniques to find and record sites and how to operate a drone for aerial survey. Field trips to nearby archaeological sites will provide comparative fodder for discussions.
At the moment we have set the dates for this project to begin June 4, 2018 and end June 29, 2018. However, these dates are subject to change as summer gets closer. Please email for latest schedule and additional information.
Period(s) of Occupation: Late Paleoindian, Plainview, ~10,400 years ago
Room and Board Arrangements
Live in tents at nearby ranch. Water and cook house provided.
Bement, Leland C. 1999 Bison Hunting at Cooper Site, Where Lightning Bolts Drew Thundering Herds. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman.