Bull Creek Paleoindian Camp and Ravenscroft bison kill, Oklahoma Panhandle

Location: Guymon, OK, US

Season: June 2, 2019 to June 28, 2019

Application Deadline: March 16, 2019

Deadline Type: Contact for details

Program Type:
Field school, Volunteer

RPA Certified:

Oklahoma Archeological Survey, University of Oklahoma;

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

Project Description:

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 the late Paleoindian age Ravenscroft Bison kill site 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 19 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 15 square meters at some distance from the existing 30 square meter areas excavated in 2009, 2015, and 2016. We will also conduct excavation at the 10,400 year old Ravenscroft bison kill site where at least five kill events of over 40 animals each occurred in a short, deadend gully or arroyo. 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 2, 2019 and end June 28, 2019. 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

Extensive campsite, faunal remains, paleoenvironmental reconstructions, bison kill site

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: None

Room and Board Arrangements:
Live in tents at nearby ranch. 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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