Do you know about Tvshka Homma?

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?

Artifacts, Ecofacts, Features, and Sites: A Lesson in Archaeological Jargon

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

Lifelong Learning: OKPAN Leads Archaeology Education for Seniors

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

Sooner at the Smithsonian: Guest Blogger Taylor Emery Describes a Day in the Life as a Research Intern

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

Top 10 Archaeological Sites in the United States

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

Where Archaeology Meets Anthropology: Understanding the Differences, Similarities, and Intersectionality of Two Disciplines

“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

Educating the Future about the Past: OKPAN Visits Horizon Intermediate School

  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

A Student’s Guide to Archaeological Field School

This week's OKPAN blog is brought to you by Maddie Currie, OKPAN American Indian Initiatives Research Assistant. Maddie is an OU undergraduate who attended her first archaeological field school in 2016 and is sharing her tips for students embarking on their first field school adventures. Students - this is the blog for you! Congratulations! You … Continue reading A Student’s Guide to Archaeological Field School

Spiro Mounds – Highlighted by the Oklahoma Historical Society

OKPAN strives to connect the public with the great work that various groups and agencies are doing in Oklahoma archaeology. This week, we're excited to share with you a wonderful web piece about eastern Oklahoma's Spiro Mounds. The Spiro Mounds site is right at Oklahoma's eastern edge, and it was an important ceremonial center for people … Continue reading Spiro Mounds – Highlighted by the Oklahoma Historical Society