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Oklahoma Archeological Survey

In-Person File Search Procedures

As of July 20, 2022


Please be aware of the following updated protocols for in-person file searches at OAS: 

Protocols for everyone:

·         All entry to the file room will be by confirmed appointment only.  To make an appointment, please contact our office at (405)325-7211 during normal business hours (8:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 5:00pm).

    o Same-day appointments are possible, but subject to availability.

·         The project’s Principal Investigator must complete the file search request form prior to the office visit.

·         What to bring with you for office visits:

    o   Completed file search form signed by the Principal Investigator.

    o   List of USGS topographic quadrangle maps and PLSS legal descriptions for your project area plus the buffer area.

·         If you are ill, please reschedule your appointment. 

·         Masking is not required at this time; however, this may change as guidance is updated according to the ongoing Covid 19 Pandemic. 

Mission Statement

To research Oklahoma's archeological record; to work with state and federal agencies, and the citizens of Oklahoma to preserve significant archeological sites; and to disseminate information about Oklahoma's cultural heritage through publications and public presentations. 


Congratulations to Debra Green and Lee Bement for receiving the FY-2017 Historic Preservation Fund Award from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Services

Archeological Survey in the News

Spiro Artifact

Oklahoma Archeological Survey's Scott Hammerstedt comments on the potential for undiscovered sites and artifacts in the State of Oklahoma in this article from the Tulsa World.

John Klein: Archaeologists have barely scratched the surface in Oklahoma for ancient artifacts

Upcoming Events

25th Anniversary of the Cooper Site

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the first excavation at the Cooper Site in Harper County, Oklahoma. This extraordinary site has given us rare insight into Folsom hunting practices and rituals. To celebrate the Oklahoma Archeological Survey will be hosting a free public lecture by Dr. Leland Bement entitled 25 Years of Cooper: Folsom Bison Hunting and Beyond with a reception to follow. 

Please join us Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 at 7pm in the Robert S. Kerr Auditorium of the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History to hear more about this exciting research! 

You can read more about this marvelous site by clicking here.

Oklahoma Anthropological Society Fall Dig

October 11th - 14th, 2018

This event will take place just north of Spiro Mounds in Muldrow, Oklahma. Returning for a second year, we are excited to uncover more about Oklahoma's past.

Join us for a long weekend for this year's Fall Dig! The Oklahoma Anthropological Society will be hosting this four-day long excavation, with assistance from the Oklahoma Public Archaeology Network, and guidance from Dr. Scott Hammerstedt. Ages 10-16 are welcome to participate with adult accompaniment, while everyone is welcome to attend, ask questions, and learn more about archaeology.

For further contact information and details, click here. We hope to see you there!