ARKANSAS CELEBRATES ARCHEOLOGY MONTH 2006
Arkansas Archeology Month was held this past March, with 30 programs at 23 venues across the state, announced through a printed Events Brochure and on the web site. Highlights of this year’s event included exhibits, demonstrations, and an illustrated talk at Arkansas Tech University Museum; an Early Arkansas Frontier Trader’s Camp at Hampson Archeological Museum State Park; an artifact i.d. day at Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, and a Dutch oven workshop at Toltec Mounds State Park.
The Ouachita Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society sponsored a successful Archeology Day focused on “Novaculite Traders & Merchants: Stone Age to Space Age.” About 90 people attended the event and enjoyed flintknapping demonstrations, short talks by a geologist and an archaeologist, and displays.
Participating venues for Archeology Month 2006 included:
State & National Parks:
Buffalo National River, Hampson Archeological Museum State Park, Lower White River State Park, Mammoth Spring State Park, Old Davidsonville State Park, Parkin Archeological State Park, Petit Jean State Park, and Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park.
ATU Museums at Tucker Hall and Techionery, Bella Vista Historical Museum, Clark County Historical Society, Old State House Museum, Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Historical Museum, Rogers Historical Museum, and Shiloh Museum of Ozark History.
Libraries, Colleges, & Others:
Arkansas Archeological Survey, Arkansas School of Math & Sciences, Hot Springs Transportation Depot, Jones Center for Families, Northwest Arkansas Community College, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Little Rock District, and the Washington County Extension Office.
Special thanks go SPEARS Inc. for a donation, and to the Ko-ko-ci and Tunica Chapters of the Arkansas Archeological Society for their fund-raising efforts in support of Archeology Month 2006.
A very handsome poster featuring historic artifacts from recent excavations at Old Davidsonville Historic State Park was cosponsored by the Arkansas Archeological Society and Arkansas State Parks. The poster was included in the national display of Archeology Month posters at the 2006 Society for American Archaeology meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Many thanks are given to all those who provided programs, donations, volunteer hours or participated in some way to make Archeology Month 2006 a success. The theme for Arkansas Month 2007 will be “Arkansas Rock Art.”
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