Oklahoma Anthropological Society

About Us


Welcome to the Oklahoma Anthropological Society where you can share your ideas and findings with others who have similar interests. You can join with people throughout Oklahoma, as well as other states who enjoy making new discoveries, trying new experiences, meeting new people, and contributing new knowledge about anthropology and archeology to be recorded and preserved for future generations.

Monthly chapter meetings are both interesting and informative. Our digs are fun, with warm fellowship, interesting – sometimes exciting – finds, and a satisfying sense of having made a real contribution toward recording part of the story of humanity.

We hope that you will attend our statewide meetings; what better place can there be to exchange thoughts and ideas with fellow members? If you live near a local chapter, join it and mingle with your neighbors who share your interests.

The society conducts two statewide meetings each year; the Spring Meeting held in April and the Fall Meeting held in October.  

The public is invited to all meetings.  For more information about the meetings and membership with the State Society contact: webmaster@okanthropologicalsociety.org.


Standing Rules


“Code” of the
Oklahoma Anthropological Society

 Approved by the membership, November 2, 2013

  1. Membership in the Oklahoma Anthropological Society (“the Society”) is open to any person, firm, corporation, or other entity that supports the aims and objectives of the Society. In joining the Society, members agree to  comply with applicable federal, state, local, and Indian tribal antiquities and historic preservation laws,
  2. The disregard for proper archeological field techniques; the willful destruction or distortion of archeological data; the willful violation of applicable law noted above; removal of artifacts from a dig site without proper approval of the senior archeologist; collection of artifacts from private land without approval of the landowner; sale or trade of artifacts as a business with the primary purpose of commercial gain; and/or the unauthorized use of the Society’s name is a violation of this Code.
  3. A possible violation of this Code will be investigated by the Ethics Committee, which will then report its findings and recommendations to the Board of Directors.  The affected person may appear before the Board to present facts and arguments pertinent to a review.  The Board may then by a 2/3 vote deny an application for membership in the Society or expel a member for violation of the Code, as the case may be.
  4. The Society has always welcomed those who have private artifact collections.  The collection and the collector’s knowledge of its provenance, when known, have often proved invaluable to the aims of the Society and Oklahoma archeology when examined by a professional archeologist.  A member of the Society with a collection of artifacts is encouraged, but not required, to properly record and catalogue the collection for the advancement of archeology.  A member has control over the member’s lawful, private collection, of course, but is encouraged to donate or devise at death the collection to an institution involved in the long-term furtherance of archeology and anthropology.
  5. A member or applicant may request advice on a question under the Code as it concerns a proposed action or inaction by the requestor. The request will be submitted in writing to the chair of the Ethics Committee.  The Ethics Committee will then respond in writing with its opinion.