2022 OU Archaeological Field School

We have extended the application deadline. See below.

The 2022 OU Archaeological Field School will be conducted in Eastern Oklahoma at Spiro.  The project will teach students how to conduct archaeological excavations and to analyze the artifacts and students will earn 8 credit hours. This work is part of an effort to learn more about life at Spiro.

The project will investigate several areas of the site determined to be of interest from prior remote sensing. The work is conducted under permit from the UA Army Corps of Engineers and agreement from the Caddo and Wichita and Affiliated Tribes Nations.

Craig Mound at Spiro
Craig Mound at Spiro

Classes: Fieldwork in Archaeology – ANTH 3930 (5 credit hours) and Archaeology Lab Practicum – ANTH 3933 (3 credit hours).

Dates: May 16 to June 17 for the field portion of the class (ANTH 3930) in eastern Oklahoma and June 20 to July 8 for the lab portion of the class (ANTH 3933) in Norman.

Prerequisite: Instructor permission and must be 18 years of age or older by May 15, 2022 (as a requirement of the dorms we are staying in).

Application:  The Word version of this form can be downloaded using this link. Email to Patrick Livingood (patrickl@ou.edu) after you have filled it out.

The application deadline was originally March 28. We still have spots available, and so will implement a rolling admissions process until we are full or no longer able to accept applications. Non-OU students will need to apply by early April to complete the application process.

Eligibility: This class is open to any undergraduate students that are 18 years or older as of May 15, 2022.  In case we receive more applications than there are spots, preferences will be given to OU students and to students who will enroll in both the field and lab parts of the course.

Cost: There are two main costs for this program.

OU Tuition and Fees. Cost for tuition and fees for OU students will vary between depending on the student. See this site on Summer Enrollment for more information on cost.  OU’s flat rate tuition policy means that OU students that have not enrolled in 30 credit hours during the fall and spring will be discounted the tuition and some fees for up to 6 credit hours during the summer. Please work with the bursar to calculate your exact expense.

According the the Bursar, the tuition and fees cost for the 8 credit hours for most students without banked hours will be:
In-state (admitted Fall 2019 or later): $3518.85
Out-of-state (admitted Fall 2019 or later): $7733.25
In-state (admitted before Fall 2019): $ 2798.85
Out-of-state (admitted before Fall 2019): $7013.25

Room and Board. All students will be required to pay a room and board fee of $300. This amount may change somewhat as we know final enrollment, and will be finalized when acceptance notices go out.

Application Fee for non-OU students. Non-OU students will need to pay an application fee to become non-degree undergraduate visitors at OU. (Do not start this process until I email you an acceptance to the field school.) The application fee is $40 for domestic students and $90 for international students.

Students excavating at Spiro near Craig Mound
Students excavating at Spiro near Craig Mound

Skills: Students will learn to excavate archaeological sites and to recognize and interpret archaeological features.  Students will also learn to analyze and record artifacts.  Students will also learn to interpret the archaeology and the artifacts and to write-up the results.

Work schedule: Field work will take place Monday through Friday during the field portion of the project.  Students will be free during the weekends.  During the lab portion, class will take place 8-5 daily, Monday through Friday.

Lodging and Food: We will be staying at dorms at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith during the field school portion of the project. During this time, Room and Board fee will pay for dinners Monday through Thursday. Students will provide their own breakfasts and lunches and other meals. Students will be responsible for their own housing during the lab portion.

Instructors: The class has three instructors: Patrick Livingood, Scott Hammerstedt, and Amanda Regnier.

Covid Protocols: We will follow the Covid Protocols that OU sets for Summer 2022. And when we are at those facilities, we will follow the protocols for the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith dorms and the Spiro visitor center. OU’s protocols can be found here, but they have not yet been set for summer 2022 as of this writing. Currently OU protocols for spring 2022 encourage vaccination and expect masking indoors. University of Arkansas-Fort Smith protocols currently require face coverings in indoor settings and recommend N95 masks.

Support: The class is being generously sponsored by the OU Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences and its Department of Anthropology, in conjunction with the Oklahoma Archeological Survey.

Questions? Please direct any questions to Patrick Livingood at patrickl@ou.edu.