The Oklahoma Public Archaeology Network (OKPAN) will be hosting an all-day workshop on October 8 in Lawton (Space is limited but there will be 2 more workshops later this month on Oct. 21 in Norman and Oct. 28 in Claremore–Eventbrite tickets will be available soon for the the latter two). The workshop will focus on the use of a robotic total station (RTS) to collect data. Participants will gain hands-on experience with the RTS by mapping a landscape and associated features. During the lab session, participants will see how the data they collect is used in the lab. By participating in this workshop, participants will gain insight into a rarely taught field and lab method.
The workshop is part of the Archaeological Skills Workshop Series (ASWS) that is open to the public and consists of workshops and labs designed for anyone who wants to learn more about how to do archaeology in the 21st century. Workshops will cover core skills such as, survey and excavation techniques and specialized techniques archaeologists routinely use in the field and lab.
Typically held on weekends, workshops will be one to two days and held in Lawton, Norman, and Tulsa/Claremore. Three times per year, October, March, and May, OKPAN will offer the same workshop in each city. Seating is limited to 10 participants in each location, so pre-registration is required.
Upon completion of a workshop, participants will earn a certificate and may be recognized in March at the OKPAN-sponsored Oklahoma Archaeological Conference. OKPAN will recognize workshop participants who achieve “bronze” (5 workshops), “silver” (10 workshops), “gold” (15 workshops), or “platinum” (20 workshops) status with no set path of workshops to reach the different status levels.
OKPAN ASWS participants will learn from professional archaeologists, graduate students, and avocational archaeologists with expertise in different archaeological areas. To find out more about the topics and register for workshops, go to www.okpan.org.
Meghan Dudley, Assistant Director
Oklahoma Public Archaeology Network (OKPAN)
University of Oklahoma