Ancient Artifacts and Fossils Donated to OU

Jun 9, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Cultural artifacts and natural specimens from around the world have found a new home at the University of Oklahoma.

Ancient Roman pottery, North American stone ax heads from the Middle Ages and a three-tiered Chinese picnic box from the 1700s are among the objects in the vast George C. and Cecilia McGhee Collection.

The Oklahoman reports a sampling of the collection, brought to OU in February from the McGhee Foundation in Middleburg, Virginia, is on display at OU's Western History Collections in Monnet Hall.

The complete donation — photographs, books, papers, art, artifacts, fossils — is still being researched and cataloged.

Elsbeth Dowd, registrar at OU's Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, says the significant donation broadens the educational experience the university can offer students and the public.