July 23, 2021
Last December, it looked like the Oklahoma City Society was gone. All of the Company’s executives had resigned due to health issues and no one took the helm. When Dr. Joey Williams, senior lecturer at the University of Central Oklahoma, heard about this, he couldn’t let it happen. With his students, who had recently created their own archaeological group on campus, they worked together to revive the Oklahoma City Society. Joey tells us the full story below:
“Last year my students at the University of Central Oklahoma expressed interest in starting an archeology-related campus organization because our university does not have a formal archeology program. The UCO Archaeological Society got off to a strong start, despite the pandemic, and we welcomed three guest researchers on subjects as diverse as the Roman pottery of Oplontis, the ongoing investigation into the massacre of the Tulsa race and the archeology of anarchism in the American Southwest.
When we learned from AIA that the local Oklahoma City society was going down, we thought relaunching it was a great opportunity to bring more archeology to UCO and central Oklahoma. Support from the UCO Department of Humanities and Philosophy and Administration means that we can sponsor 15 new AIA student memberships and our contacts with other local organizations (such as the Oklahoma Anthropological Society, the Oklahoma Archeological Survey, and the Oklahoma Public Archeology Network) means that our revived local society can be immediately linked to academic, professional, and professional archaeological communities here in the state.
We are planning several events for the fall, including hands-on artifact analysis workshops at UCO and nearby senior centers, more public lectures from visiting and local academics, and a strong presence at the Oklahoma’s next archeology conference in the spring. My students are all excited to see what this New Year brings to AIA Oklahoma.
We are extremely grateful to Joey and his students for resuscitating the Oklahoma City Society and are excited to see all they accomplish next year!