Library Showcase

From Mounds to Mammoths with Dr. Robert L. Brooks

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the SWOSU Conference Center

From Mounds to Mammoths, 3/26/2013, 7pm (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Dr. Robert L. Brooks, Director and State Archaeologist from the Oklahoma Archeological Survey at the University of Oklahoma, will speak on From Mounds to Mammoths on Tuesday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the Conference Center on the Southwestern Oklahoma State University campus. During the presentation, he will present information on the prehistory of Oklahoma. This free event is a part of the Library Showcase series and is sponsored by the SWOSU's Al Harris Library. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

From Mounds to Mammoths: A Fieldguide to Oklahoma Prehistory

Dr. Brooks has been with the Archeological Survey for the past thirty years. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wright State University in Ohio, a Master's degree from the University of Arkansas, and a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. He currently oversees the preservation of Oklahoma's prehistoric and early historic Native American cultural heritage, conducts research on Oklahoma archaeological history, and teaches on a part-time basis in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma. His research interests include the Southern Plains and Southeastern United States, prehistoric agriculture, archaeological theory, and resource management.

Caddoan figure (photo credit:

Dr. Brooks' current work includes an archaeological study of Caddoan mound building people in central Oklahoma, a study of an extensive collection of artifacts from Lake Hudson, and the study of individuals who were critical in the developmental history of Oklahoma archaeology. Some of his recent works include "Southern Plains Villagers" (with Robert E. Bell) in the Handbook of North American Indians: The Plains, Vol. 13, (2001); From Mounds to Mammoths: A Field Guide to Oklahoma Prehistory (with Claudette Gilbert) 2000; "Analyzing the Arkansas River Basin Caddoan Cultural Landscape" in Caddo Archeology Journal, Vol. 20 (2010); and "Humans on the Landscape" in the Historical Atlas of Oklahoma (2006).

Dr. Brooks is married and has three children, all of whom are still in college or high school. Among his hobbies, he lists collecting antique furniture that requires an infinite amount of refurbishing and collecting ceramic birds from Mexico.

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