OAS FALL MEETING

 

TO EXPLORE ROCK ART

 

 

The Fall Meeting of the Oklahoma Anthropological Society is devoted to rock art and it’s importance to regional archeology.  Set Saturday, Nov. 2 at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, the session will draw on speakers from varied backgrounds. They will share the forum with a brief OAS board meeting.

 

OAS President Debra Baker, Lawton, will preside. An 8 a.m. board meeting starts the session in Room 155, Gould Hall, Architecture Building. The building is across the street from the parking garage at the OU football stadium.  The meeting title is “Petro glyphs and pictographs: An update on regional rock art.” It is open to the public as well as OAS members. A small admission fee will be charged at the door.

 

Rock art, both historic and prehistoric, is a cultural attempt to record events or stories, mark territory, and enact rituals. Some rock art seems to depict real events. Other examples are clearly abstractions.

Prehistoric rock art can have many interpretations. It can appear to have a deep significance of mysterious origin. It also is perhaps simple doodling for fun. Not all is understood by modern scholars.

 

At the OAS meeting, illustrated talks will be presented by Leland Bement, a staff member of the Oklahoma Archeological Survey, speaking on South Texas rock art; George Sabo, Director of the Arkansas Archeological Survey, offering an update on rock art in Arkansas.  Also Gary Moeller, art professor at Rogers State College in Claremore, speaking on the art of rock art; and K.C. Carlson of the University of Oklahoma, speaking on rock art at Black Mesa.

 

For more information, contact Debra Baker at (580) 581-3460.