Prehistoric architecture topic of discussion in Science Amphitheatre April 11

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Prehistoric architecture topic of discussion in Science Amphitheatre April 11

April 4, 2011

Archeologist Dr. Scott Hammerstedt will give a presentation at Northwestern Oklahoma State University about the late prehistoric architecture and mound construction in northeast Oklahoma on Monday, April 11, in the Science Amphitheatre at 6 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Jason Wickham, assistant professor of chemistry, has invited Hammerstedt on behalf of the Northwestern Museum of Natural History to give an informative presentation on prehistoric architecture in northeast Oklahoma.  Hammerstedt is a member of the faculty at the Oklahoma Archeological Survey at the University of Oklahoma.

On the day of the presentation, The Museum of Natural History will be open from 1-6 p.m. and again after the presentation from 7-8:30 p.m.

Archaeologists recently have begun an intensive research program to investigate the late prehistory (ca. AD 1000-1600) of eastern Oklahoma.

Hammerstedt’s talk will focus on the Reed, Lillie Creek and school land sites in Delaware County. These sites were excavated, but never analyzed, in the late 1930s by Works Progress Administration archaeologists prior to their inundation by Grand Lake. He also will discuss architecture, mound building, chronology and regional patterns.

More information is available through the Museum of Natural History at (580) 327- 8513, or by contacting Dr. Steven Thompson, professor of biology, at (580) 327- 8566 or, and Dr. Aaron Place, assistant professor of biology, at (580) 327- 8673 or