Black Mesa Oklahoma Panhandle Field School

This listing expired on July 31, 2022. Please contact for any updated information.

Location: Boise City, OK 73933, USA

Season: May 29, 2022 to July 2, 2022

Session Dates: One continuous field session

Application Deadline: March 16, 2022

Deadline Type: Rolling

Program Type:
Field School

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 two sites in the scenic Black Mesa region in No Man’s Land, Oklahoma Panhandle. The first site, Golden Eagle, includes a pithouse, a Jacal structure, and a horizontal slab and adobe mortar structure (900 AD – 1400 AD). Second is a Late Prehistoric age bison processing camp alongside a drive lane. 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.

We have set the dates for this project to begin May 29, 2022 and end July 2, 2022. However, these dates are subject to change as summer gets closer. Please email for latest schedule and additional information.

Period(s) of Occupation: Late-Prehistoric Ancestral Puebloan, 900 AD - 1400 AD

Ancestral Puebloan homestead with pithouse, jacal structure, and rock and mortar foundation. Also, bison drive lane and associated bison processing camp.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 2 weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: None

Room and Board Arrangements:
Live in campground next to lake. Water, electricity, refrigerators, and cook house provided. Cost: $500 for entire fieldschool, including evening meals.

Academic Credit:
1 to 5 credits to be arranged through your home 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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