Archaeology is the study of humans in the past through the materials they left behind.
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The Museum has more than 5 million artifacts in the Robert E. Bell Collections area, including:
Engraved shell from the Spiro Mounds site
- The largest collection of Oklahoma artifacts, spanning 11,000 years of history, housed in a state-of-the-art facility
The Cooper Bison Skull, the oldest painted object in North America (10-11,000 years old)
Collections from Spiro Mounds, from a prominent political-religious center in eastern Oklahoma (ca. A.D. 1000-1450)
Small but notable collections come from elsewhere on the Plains, the American Southwest, Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Ecuador, and Japan. The department also has extensive archives, a large lithic material type collection, and repository collections from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation.
The department is fully committed to compliance with the 1990 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and all other national and international laws that impact archaeological and anthropological objects.
Visit the archaeology blog:
Dr. Marc Levine, Curator
Dr. Elsbeth Dowd,
Sonya Beach, Graduate Student Assistant
Dr. Don G. Wyckoff
The department works closely with:
OU Anthropology Department
Oklahoma Archeological Survey
Oklahoma Anthropological Society
Sites of interest:
Caddo Conference Organization
Plains Anthropological Society
Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center
Texas Beyond History, Tejas: Life and Times of the Caddo
Society for American Archaeology
Archaeological Institute of America