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The Certification Program was established in 1983 to:

  • create a structured educational program in archeological field & laboratory techniques;

  • provide a standardized procedure for recognizing competence in archeological techniques; and

  • develop a cadre of trained amateur archeologists able to participate in the documentation and preservation of Oklahoma's archeological resources.
  • Application to the OAS Certification Program Requires:
    1. Completion of the standard registration form
    2. Payment of a $10.00 registration fee
    3. Current membership in the Oklahoma Anthropological Society; and
    4. Your signature to the OAS Code of Ethics.


    The Certification Program provides a series of seminars, workshops and real-world experiences in recording, mapping and excavating archeological sites; preparing collections from archeological sites for permanent curation; analyzing archaeological sites and materials; and preparing written reports of the results for publication. Certification of proficiency can be earned of four levels in five categories, ranging upward from a Level 1 Surveyor to a Level IV OAS Field Archeologist.

    Seminar and workshop topics offered by the Society include:

  • Oklahoma prehistory; archeological survey, excavation, and laboratory     techniques;
  • maps and mapping;
  • photography; lithic and ceramic technology and analysis;
  • organic (floral and faunal) remains analysis;
  • historical archeological methods; report writing (on three levels); soils;     rock art; flintknapping;
  • archeometric dating techniques; and public education.

    Participants in the certification Program are expected to maintain detailed records of their archeological studies and work which will count toward certification. Completion of each activity must be certified by signature of the supervising archeologist.


    To obtain registration materials, please contact:

    Bonnie Pitblado
    Certification Chair

    The University of Oklahoma
    Oklahoma Archeological Survey
    111 East Chesapeake,
    Norman, OK 73019-0575
    Phone (405) 325-7211 
    Fax (405) 325 7604

    For more information contact:

    Bonnie Pitblado at cas.ou.edu/bonnie-pitblado


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