Arkansas Archeology Month—with a theme of “Planting the Seed”—was held this past March. There were 43 programs at 28 venues across the state, announced through a printed Events Brochure and on the web site. Activities included tours, artifact identifications, slide-talks, and hands-on fun. Highlights of this year’s event included an Open House at the Arkansas Archeological Survey and UA Museum Collections Facility, excavations at the Royston House at Historic Washington State Park, and an exhibit on 500 years of agriculture at Siloam Springs Museum.
Participating venues for Archeology Month 2009 included:
State & National Parks:
Buffalo National River (NPS), Hampson Archeological Museum State Park, Historic Washington State Park, Hot Springs National Park, Parkin Archeological State Park, Petit Jean State Park, and Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park.
Arkansas State University Museum, Desha County Museum, Old State House Museum, Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Historical Museum, Plantation Agriculture Museum, Rogers Historical Museum, Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, and the Siloam Springs Museum.
Libraries, Colleges, & Others:
Arkansas Archeological Survey, Arkansas Educational Television Network, Arkansas School of Math & Sciences, Barton Library in El Dorado, First Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, Garland County Library, John Gould Fletcher Library in Little Rock, Lawrence County Library, Scottish Society of Northwest Arkansas, Searcy County Historical Society, Southern Arkansas University, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, and the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute.
Special thanks go the Archeological & Environmental Consultants L.L.C. in Austin, Texas, as well as the Bill Jordan Public Education Fund, for donations in support of Archeology Month 2009.
A two-sided poster was sponsored by the Arkansas Archeological Society. It featured, on the front, an image of a seedling sprouting from a hand-painted historic teacup, and on the back, information about the early domestication of plants and later agriculture in Arkansas. The poster was designed by Leslie Walker of the UA-Fayetteville and Stephen Prater of Fayetteville. The poster was included in the national display of Archeology Month posters at the 2009 Society for American Archaeology meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.
Many thanks are given to all those who provided programs, donations, volunteer hours or participated in some way to make Archeology Month 2009 a success.
Archives & Past Posters