Arkansas Archeology Month—with a theme of “Partners for the Past”—was held this past March. There were 37 programs at 24 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 excavations at the Abraham Block House at Historic Washington State Park, a flint knapping demonstration and information booth at Little Rock’s River Market, and an Open House at WRI’s Heritage Farmstead Teaching Barn.
Participating venues for Archeology Month 2010 included:
State & National Parks:
Hampson Archeological Museum State Park, Historic Washington State Park, Parkin Archeological State Park, Petit Jean State Park, and Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park.
Arkansas Arts Center, Arkansas State University Museum, Dallas County Museum, Historic Arkansas Museum, Old Independence Regional Museum, Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Historical Museum, Rogers Historical Museum, and the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History.
Libraries, Colleges, & Others:
Arkansas Archeological Survey, Arkansas School for Math & Sciences, Fayetteville Public Library, Henderson State University, John Gould Fletcher Library in Little Rock, Little Rock River Market, Southern Arkansas University, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, University of Arkansas-Monticello, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Little Rock, 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 their donations in support of Archeology Month 2010.
A two-sided poster was sponsored by the Arkansas Archeological Society. It featured, on the front, a collage of vintage images from Society activities, mostly of field and lab work, and on the back, a list of projects to which Society members have contributed, including excavations, lab work, and site and collections documentation. The poster was designed by Jane Kellett and Deborah Sabo of the Arkansas Archeological Survey and was included in the national display of Archeology Month posters at the 2010 Society for American Archaeology meeting (75th) in St. Louis, Missouri. Download the full-sized Archeology Month Poster here.
Many thanks are given to all those who provided programs, donations, volunteer hours or participated in some way to make Archeology Month 2010 a success.