Archeology Open House Focus of Oct. 12 Event

Dr. Brian Andrews

Dr. Brian Andrews, Assistant Professor at RSU.

A Rogers State University professor will be holding an archeology open house Thursday for area residents who have artifacts to be identified or wish to learn about recent archeological finds at the Goodson Rock Shelter near Chelsea.

Organized as an “artifact road show” event, area residents can bring their archaeological finds (arrow heads, pots, interesting rocks, etc.) to have them reviewed by RSU Assistant Professor Brian Andrews, who is a professional archeologist and teaches in RSU’s Department of Psychology and Sociology. Attendees also will be able to participate in a flintknapping workstation to allow them to make their own stone tools. 

The open house, which is free and open to the public, will be held Thursday from 4:30 p.m. until dark on the west lawn outside Prep Hall, located on the RSU Claremore campus at 1701 W. Will Rogers Blvd.

The event will also include a display of artifacts from Andrews’ recent excavations near Chelsea. He has been overseeing excavations at the Goodson Shelter site, one of only a few Clovis rock shelters in North America and contained artifacts dating from as much as 10,000 years ago through 2,000 years ago.

On Oct. 28, Dr. Andrews will host a workshop by the Oklahoma Public Archaeology Network to teach interested avocational archaeologists how to use surveying equipment to record and map archaeological sites. 

All activities are offered in conjunction with Oklahoma Archeology Month. 

Dr. Andrews, who has twice earned RSU’s highest teaching honors, is an anthropological archaeologist interested in prehistoric hunter-gatherer adaptation. He has worked on archaeological sites and assemblages from throughout North America. He joined the RSU faculty in 2014 and holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Southern Methodist University.

For more information, contact Dr. Andrews at [email protected] or 918-343-7684.