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.
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
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
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
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!
Welcome to one of OKPAN’s new blog series! Throughout 2017, we will be posting blogs biweekly. In the "What Point?" Wednesday series, we will post a photo of a projectile point - all you have to do is guess what type of point it is! This week, we're taking a look at this point from … Continue reading Welcome to “What Point?” Wednesday!