Archaeological Skills Workshop Series


Alesha Marcum-Heiman teaches the Oklahoma Archaeology Conference 2016 workshop about photogrammetry to students, avocationals, and professional archaeologists.

Have you wanted to learn more about archaeology but never had the chance? Or are you a student, looking for hands-on learning opportunities you cannot get in the classroom? Or perhaps a professional archaeologist looking to add new skills to your repertoire?

Look no further!  The Oklahoma Public Archaeology Network introduces our Archaeological Skills Workshop Series (ASWS). OKPAN’s ASWS consists of workshops designed for those who want to learn more about how to do archaeology in the 21st century.  Workshops will cover core skills, such as survey and excavation techniques, together with the specialized techniques archaeologists routinely use in the field and lab today (for example, GIS mapping and predictive modeling; photogrammetry; ground-penetrating remote sensing; and drone reconnaissance).

Workshops will be held in Norman and Tulsa three times per year – in October, March, and May. In each of those months, OKPAN will offer a single workshop two times (once in each city). This means that you will have the opportunity to attend three unique workshops per year in the city nearest you. Participants will pay a nominal fee to register, with payment due in advance to secure what will be limited slots in each workshop.

OKPAN ASWS workshops will each be 1- to 2- days long and typically held on Saturday or Saturday-Sunday, depending on the topic. Participants will learn from top-notch workshop instructors selected through a competitive “call for teaching proposals” each fall. Instructors will primarily include professional archaeologists, graduate students, and avocational archaeologists with expertise in particular archaeological skills.

Upon completion of a workshop, each participant will earn a certificate. Each March in even years, at the OKPAN-sponsored Oklahoma Archaeological Conference, OKPAN will recognize workshop participants who achieve “bronze” (5 workshops), “silver” (10), “gold” (15), or “platinum” (20) status through the ASWS. There is no set path of workshops you must take to reach the different status levels. Simply register for the workshops that interest you and build your repertoire of skills, and OKPAN will recognize your achievements.

The workshops for the 2018-2019 year are here! Learn more about each by following the links below:

Want to learn what we have offered in the past? See what the past workshops have been!


Have an idea for a workshop? Submit an application to to create a workshop to become an Archaeological Skills Workshop Instructor. Applications are due June 1, 2019. Download the application here and apply today!