Archaeologists Continue Search At Oaklawn, Say Discoveries Helped Improve Timeline

Friday, July 17th 2020, 5:29 pm
By: Mallory Thomas

TULSA, Okla. -

New discoveries at Oaklawn Cemetery could help archaeologists get a better timeline, as they continue to dig for possible mass graves from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

Oklahoma State archaeologists said the interesting discovery on Friday was an old road that used to run east to west.

Kary Stackelbeck is Oklahoma's State archaeologist and she said Trench B is about 60 feet long and 10 feet deep. Trench B is connected to Trench A.

Stackelbeck said today they found artifacts similar to what they were finding earlier in the week, things like nails and glass bottles.

A question was asked on Friday if officials believe Oaklawn is the possible location of the mass graves site or if they should move on to another locations.

Stackelbeck and Mayor Bynum said there is enough reason to continue searching here at Oaklawn.

The archaeologists will take a break this weekend and on Monday they'll begin a coring technique, which is taking soil samples from the trench sites.