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COVID-19 Procedures as of April 10, 2020

File Search Requests (Revised 2.0)

In the wake of COVID-19, the University of Oklahoma (OU) has implemented procedures geared toward ensuring a safe, healthy campus environment.  We are issuing the guidance below to address the ways in which our procedures at the Oklahoma Archeological Survey (OAS) will be affected.  Please read this information carefully.

  • Due to the shutdown of OU campus and the Shelter-In-Place order for Norman, our office is closed as of Wednesday, March 25, 2020. 

Until our office reopens, OAS staff will complete site file checks on behalf of qualified archaeological consultants and agency representatives who request that assistance in association with a Section 106 project as we are able and other workloads permit.

To request site file checks, please submit the following information to

  • One completed OAS File Search Form per project, which is to be signed by the Principal Investigator (PI).
  • A map of the Area of Potential Effects (APE) and 1-mile buffer.
  • A list of all USGS topographic quadrangle maps for that APE and buffer.
  • A list of all legal descriptions, including: Section; Township; Range; and Meridian for that APE and buffer.
  • Requests that contain incomplete or inaccurate information will be returned to the sender.

Please ensure that all documents are combined into a single PDF file and named according to the following formula: Company name_project name_file_search.pdf

  • If the file size is larger than 35 Mb, compartmentalize the submission so the respective files are less than 35 Mb and send in multiple messages.
  • Please submit one file search request form per individual project.
  •  Indicate “File Search Request” in the Subject line of your email message.
  • Usual fees for requested forms will apply and your firm/agency will be billed accordingly.

We make every effort to complete file search requests as expeditiously as possible.  However, given the current limited capacity, we make no guarantees regarding our ability to accommodate file search requests—particularly for large projects—quickly.  We ask for your continued patience.

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                            Oklahoma Archeological Survey

                            COVID-19 Procedures March 30, 2020

                            Submission of Section 106 Projects

We will receive electronic submissions of projects that are subject to compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) as of Monday, March 30, 2020 until our office reopens. Please read and follow the instructions below as this will facilitate the processing of such requests.

Standard Submission Process

• As long as our office is closed, we will not be able to receive deliveries directly to our office (e.g., FedEx, UPS, or similar).

• We will periodically be able to retrieve mail that is sent through USPS.

• As our staff are now teleworking from different locations and we do not have ready access to our files, it may take longer to coordinate completion of the reviews of hard-copy submissions at this time.

• If possible, we encourage applicants and agencies to send submissions electronically via the steps outlined below.

• If you do send your submission in standard hard-copy format, OAS can issue an electronic version of our response letter to ensure that you receive it more quickly.

o If you wish to receive an electronic version of our letter, please indicate in your cover letter an email address for the appropriate point of contact to whom the OAS response should be issued.

o A hard-copy of the OAS letter will also be sent, but it will not arrive until a later date.

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; or Other.

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

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!