Black Mesa Cimarron Rock Shelter, Tipi Rings, and Folsom Camp, Oklahoma Panhandle

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This listing expired on July 31, 2019. Please contact for any updated information.

Location: Boise City, OK 73933, USA

Season: May 31, 2020 to June 27, 2020

Application Deadline: March 16, 2019

Deadline Type: Rolling

Program Type:
Field School, Volunteer

RPA Certified:

Oklahoma Archeological Survey, University of Oklahoma;

Project Director:
Dr. Leland Bement, Oklahoma Archeological Survey, University of Oklahoma; Dr. Brandi Bethke, Oklahoma Archeological Survey, University of Oklahoma

Project Description:

Join us as we investigate three sites in scenic No Man’s Land, Oklahoma Panhandle. The first is a small rock shelter overlooking the Cimarron River. Second is a Proto-Historic tipi ring site located on a mesa overlooking a spring. And third is a possible Folsom Paleoindian camp located along a small spring-fed stream. You will learn excavation techniques, including how to set up a grid, mapping, and profiling. In addition you will learn survey techniques, including how to identify and document sites. Special activities include flint knapping, atlatl dart throwing, animal bone identification, and more. We will visit rock art sites, lithic quarries, and climb Black Mesa.

At the moment we have set the dates for this project to begin May 31, 2020 and end June 27, 2020. However, these dates are subject to change as summer gets closer. Please email for latest schedule and additional information.

Period(s) of Occupation: Proto-historic, 300 years ago Late-Prehistoric, 800 years ago Paleoindian, Folsom, ~10,500 years ago

Rock Shelter, Tipi Rings, Folsom Camp, Lithic Technology

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: None

Room and Board Arrangements:
Live in historic ranch headquarters. Water, electricity, refrigerators, and cook house provided. Cost: $500 for entire fieldschool

Academic Credit:
1 to 5 credits offered by To be arranged through your university. Tuition is To be determined through your home university .

Contact Information:

Leland Bement

Oklahoma Archeological Survey, 111 E. Chesapeake, Rm 102





Phone: 405-325-7215

Fax: 405-325-7604

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