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 Archaeology 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 Archaeology 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

International Women’s Day – Honoring Women in Archaeology

In honor of International Women's Day, OKPAN wishes to share with you the words of Ran Boytner of the Institute for Field Research. Today, we celebrate the many accomplishments of women in archaeology, and Boytner's message below highlights some of the inspiring things that women are doing in this amazing field of study. "Today we … Continue reading International Women’s Day – Honoring Women in Archaeology

Celebrate National Anthropology Day with OKPAN!

Have you heard? National Anthropology Day is right around the corner! Founded by the American Anthropological Association in 2015, Anthropology Day celebrates the work of anthropologists around the country and promotes their research to the public. This year’s Anthropology Day is on Thursday, February 16, and OKPAN is joining in on the celebration! But wait … Continue reading Celebrate National Anthropology Day with OKPAN!

Uncovering the Past with the Public

by Jaden Edwards (OKPAN's Archaeology Education Research Assistant) For many years people have been fascinated by archaeology and the idea of learning about the past through material remains. Often times, people believe that one has to either pursue a professional career in archaeology, either as an archaeologist or a museum curator, in order to have … Continue reading Uncovering the Past with the Public