Arkansas Archeology Month—with a theme of “Patterns of the Past”— was held this past March. There were 39 programs at 29 venues across the state, announced through a printed Events Brochure and on the web site. Highlights of this year’s event included the traveling exhibit, “Mystery of the Mayan Medallion” at the Joy Pratt Markham Gallery in Fayetteville and the Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs; excavations at the Royston House at Historic Washington State Park; and an Archeology Month open house at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute. Other activities included tours, artifact identifications, slide-talks, and hands-on fun.
Participating venues for Archeology Month 2008 included:
State & National Parks:
Buffalo National River, Hampson Archeological Museum State Park, Historic Washington State Park, Hot Springs National Park, Lower White River Museum State Park, Parkin Archeological State Park, Petit Jean State Park, and Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park.
Arkansas State University Museum, Bella Vista Historical Museum, Joy Pratt Markham Gallery in Fayetteville, Mid-America Science Museum, Museum of Discovery, Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Historical Museum, Rogers Historical Museum, and the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History.
Libraries, Colleges, & Others:
Arkansas Archeological Survey, Arkansas Northeastern College in Blytheville, Arkansas School of Math & Sciences, Blytheville Public Library, Jones Center for Families in Fayetteville, Malvern-Hot Spring County Library, Parkway Village Commons in Little Rock, Southern Arkansas University, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, University of Arkansas-Monticello, Washington County Extension Office, and the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute.
Special thanks go the AAS Kokoci Chapter, Smoke Pfeiffer, and the Archeological & Environmental Consultants L.L.C. in Austin, Texas, as well as the Bill Jordan Public Education Fund, for their donations in support of Archeology Month 2008.
A very handsome two-sided poster was sponsored by the Arkansas Archeological Society. It featured the bold image of a head pot from the Bradley Site, in Crittenden County on the front, and reproduced on the back was Jim Cherry’s essay on head pots, courtesy of The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. The poster was designed by Theresa Russell, of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, and Leslie Walker, of the UA-Fayetteville. The poster was included in the national display of Archeology Month posters at the 2008 Society for American Archaeology meeting in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Many thanks are given to all those who provided programs, donations, volunteer hours or participated in some way to make Archeology Month 2008 a success. The theme for Arkansas Month 2009 will be “Planting the Seed.”
2008 Events Schedule
2008 Activity Ideas
Archives & Past Posters