By Maddie Currie OKPAN would like to wish current and former American service men and women a happy Veterans Day! The first “Armistice Day” was declared on November 11, 1919—the first anniversary of the end of World War I. In 1938, November 11 became a holiday celebrated around the world, now known as Veterans Day … Continue reading Veterans Day and Archaeology
Classical archaeology is an exciting focus in the field of archaeology, focusing primarily on the Greek and Roman cultures and their influences on surrounding areas. The time frame of classical archaeological focus is between the Bronze Age (3200 to 600 BCE.) to the Middle Ages (500 to 1500 CE.) While it is common for … Continue reading New Finds in Classical Archaeology!
By Maddie Currie (OKPAN Intern) On October 9th, the University of Oklahoma will be celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day for the third time, and for the first time, the city of Norman will be celebrating along with OU Students. Indigenous Peoples Day is a day set aside to celebrate the culture, heritage, and contributions of Indigenous … Continue reading Indigenous Peoples Day 2017
By Maddie Currie This past weekend, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma hosted its annual Labor Day Festival at Tvshka Homma, the historic capital of the Choctaw Nation. The festival included carnival rides, concerts, and exhibitions of traditional Choctaw activities, like social dancing and stickball. Thousands of people enjoyed the Labor Day Festival in the historic … Continue reading Do you know about Tvshka Homma?
Going through a museum, it is easy for me to get lost in excitement and wonder over the amazing archaeological displays. Every time I visit an exhibit, I find myself glimpsing into the worlds of the Inca, the Olmec, or the ancient Hindus in Southeast Asia by standing face to face with items that outdate … Continue reading Artifacts, Ecofacts, Features, and Sites: A Lesson in Archaeological Jargon
One of OKPAN’s main goals from the start has been to promote archaeology education in the state of Oklahoma. When I learned about the University of Oklahoma’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), which offers courses of any subject matter to adults ages 50 and up, I could not pass up the opportunity to spread even … Continue reading Lifelong Learning: OKPAN Leads Archaeology Education for Seniors
Two years ago, I never could have predicted that I would be where I am now. I am about to be a junior in college, I am going to study abroad for a year, I am studying something I love, and I just happen to be working in the world’s largest museum complex. I still … Continue reading Sooner at the Smithsonian: Guest Blogger Taylor Emery Describes a Day in the Life as a Research Intern
To celebrate the 4th of July holiday, OKPAN has compiled ten of the most stunning, well-known, heartbreaking, and archaeologically significant sites in the United States. Ranging from early Native American findings to historical archaeological sites from World War II, these sites showcase the depth of American history through the archaeological record. The history and beauty … Continue reading Top 10 Archaeological Sites in the United States
“Archaeology is anthropology, or it is nothing.” – Gordon Willey and Phillip Phillips What is anthropology? This question repeatedly comes up for archaeologists and anthropologists alike, and it never gets any easier to explain. In my experience as a student who studies both archaeology and sociocultural anthropology, people are often unsure of what exactly my … Continue reading Where Archaeology Meets Anthropology: Understanding the Differences, Similarities, and Intersectionality of Two Disciplines
As a new intern at the Oklahoma Public Archaeology Network, one of my first tasks was to join the rest of the staff on a public outreach initiative, visiting Mustang Horizon Intermediate School. Horizon teacher Diana Taylor invited OKPAN for the fourth time to spend a day with her fifth grade class, educating them … Continue reading Educating the Future about the Past: OKPAN Visits Horizon Intermediate School