Scott W. Hammerstedt

Gradiometer survey at Spiro, Le Flore County, OK


I am a member of the research faculty at the Oklahoma Archeological Survey, University of Oklahoma.  I have worked throughout the US Southeast, Midwest, and Mid-Atlantic.  My major research interests are social organization, monumental architecture, experimental archaeology, ceramic analysis, political economy, settlement patterns, and archaeological geophysics, with a focus on late pre-contact Mississippian and Caddo people. 

Current research is based in eastern Oklahoma, primarily on Spiroan sites in the northeastern and east-central parts of the state.  Projects combine reanalysis of existing collections with new survey and excavation work to explore the settlement patterns and social organization of the region.  The goals are to develop a fuller understanding of the archaeology of eastern Oklahoma in order to allow meaningful comparisons with data from Mississippian groups to the east.

Oklahoma Archeological Survey

University of Oklahoma

111 Chesapeake St.

Norman, OK 73019

To contact me:


Phone: 405-325-7207

Fax: 405-325-7604


June 3, 2016, 9:00 AM.  “Recent Research on Spiro:  The Past and the Future,” Statewide Preservation Conference, Enid, OK.


October 26-29, 2016.  Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Athens, GA.



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