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In-Person File Search Procedures

As of June 1, 2021

  • We are pleased to announce that consultants and agency representatives will again be able to come to OAS to complete their own file searches as of June 1, 2021. 
  • Protocols:
    • 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.
    • File search appointments will be between the hours of 8:30-11:30 am and 1:30-4:30 pm.
    • Appointment time slots will be for one hour.  Two-hour visits may be accommodated on a case-by-case basis.
    • In order to minimize the amount of time necessary to access OAS records, please be sure to come with: 1) the file search request form already completed and signed by a qualified Principal Investigator (PI); and 2) an accurate list of the USGS topographic quadrangle maps that you need to access.
    • No more than two consulting firms and/or agencies will be allowed in the CAP room at one time in order to maintain appropriate social distancing. 
    • No more than two representatives will be allowed per consulting firm or agency.
    • Consultants/Agency representatives who show up without an appointment may be asked to wait outside until space is available in the CAP room and will not be guaranteed access on the day of their visit.
    • If you are not vaccinated, please wear a mask.
    • If you are ill, please reschedule your appointment. 
  • As of June 1, 2021, our office will no longer provide file searches on behalf of agencies and consultants.

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Oklahoma Archeological Survey

COVID-19 Procedures as of September 9, 2020

Submission of Section 106 Projects (Version 3.0)

In the wake of COVID-19, the University of Oklahoma (OU) has implemented procedures geared toward ensuring a safe, healthy campus environment.  Our office remains closed to non-OU staff; however, OAS is now receiving regular deliveries from Central Mail and other delivery services.  Please read and follow the updated instructions below regarding the submission of projects that are subject to compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).  Adhering to this guidance will facilitate the review process.

Standard Submission Process

We are again able to receive deliveries directly to our office (e.g., FedEx, UPS, or similar) and through OU central mail via USPS.  If able, we ask that applicants/agencies submit projects via hard-copy format as per our usual procedures:


If an agency/applicant is unable to submit a project in hard-copy format, we will continue to receive and review project submissions electronically (please see steps below).

Electronic Submission Process

Compile your submission documents for review according to our standard guidance, including a cover letter.

o   Please indicate the appropriate point of contact to whom the OAS response should be issued in the cover letter.

o   Combine files into a single document—preferably PDF format.

o   Name the file using the following formula: agency initials_project name_county.pdf

Provided the file size is less than 35 Mb, you may send the submission attached to an email to

o   Please indicate the type of submission in the Subject line: Initial Submission; Report Submission; ODEQ-FEMA Submission; ODOT Project; ODOT utility file search; or Other.

If the file size is larger than 35Mb, please contact Kary Stackelbeck ( to make arrangements for an alternative method of delivery.


Applicants/agencies who submit reports electronically will be asked to supply a hard-copy of those documents at a later date as they are able to do so.  In such instances, please attach a completed version of the Hard-Copy Submittal Form.

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!