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The Institute of the Great Plains

The Institute of the Great Plains (IGP)is a non-profit (501c3) archaeological and educational organization at the Museum of the Great Plains (MGP) in Lawton, Oklahoma. IGP has conducted many projects over the years and many have been conducted in collaboration with local educational institutions such as Lawton Public Schools, Duncan Public Schools, and Cameron University. IGP has been approved by the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office (OSHPO) and the Oklahoma State Archaeologist to conduct cultural resource investigations through contracts with governmental and private organizations.

Qualifications and Experience

IGP has been in operation since 1961 and has, over the years, conducted numerous salvage and research-oriented archaeological projects including Cooperton, Lake Altus, and Domebo Mammoth excavations, the Waurika Pipeline Project, and the test excavations of overhangs in Caddo County to determine potential eligibility to the National Register of Historic Places. MGP recently completed a 2.5-million-dollar expansion that added 27,000 square feet of gallery, storage space, and workshops. The full-time IGP staff has over 30 years of combined experience in archaeological contracting and includes two full-time Archaeologists, an Archaeological/Administrative Assistant, and three part-time assistants.

IGP specializes in Plains history and archaeology, with concentration of archaeological expertise in Oklahoma. Recent projects include the Wichita Expedition (1858-59) Archaeological Research Project in collaboration with Lawton, Duncan, and Rush Springs schools. Others include the Hackberry Flat Pipeline Survey in Tillman County, the Fort Cobb Reservoir Archaeological Resource Survey in Caddo County, and the McGee Creek Reservoir Project (organization, cataloging and stabilization of 2.5 million artifacts and manuscripts for the Bureau of Reclamation). Work has also been conducted for the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Oklahoma Historical Society, and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

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These Clovis points were discovered during the
excavation of a mammoth skeleton near Stecker, Oklahoma
in 1962. Radiocarbon dating indicates a date of 11,200 B.P. for this kill site.


The Museum of the Great Plains


Click photo to learn more about the significant McGee Creek Reservoir Collection.