ARKANSAS CELEBRATED ARCHEOLOGY MONTH 2011
Arkansas Archeology Month—with a theme of “Archeology of Conflict” to coincide with the sesquicentennial of the Civil War—was held this past March. There were 34 programs at 26 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 new exhibits at Davidsonville Historic State Park, field work at Historic Washington State Park, an exhibit of objects from the Civil War at the Rogers Public Library, and Caddo Culture Club traditional dances at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.
Participating venues for Archeology Month 2011 included:
State & National Parks:
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Hampson Archeological Museum State Park, Historic Washington State Park, Hobbs State Park, Hot Springs National Park, Lake Dardanelle State Park, Parkin Archeological State Park, Petit Jean State Park, Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, and Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park.
Arkansas State University Museum, Arkansas Tech Museum, Historic Arkansas Museum, Old Independence Regional Museum, Old State House Museum, Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Historical Museum, Rogers Historical Museum, the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, and the University of Arkansas Museum Collections.
Libraries, Colleges, & Others:
Arkansas Archeological Survey, Arkansas School for Math & Sciences, Southern Arkansas University, University of Arkansas Community College-Hope, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, University of Arkansas-Monticello, 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 2011.
The Archeology Month poster was sponsored by the Arkansas Archeological Society. It featured historic images of the opposing Civil War generals who fought at Prairie Grove Battlefield, on a background of blue and grey. The poster was designed by Ben Swadley, superintendent at Parkin Archeological State Park. The poster was included in the national display of Archeology Month posters at the 2011 Society for American Archaeology meeting in Sacramento, California.
Many thanks are given to all those who provided programs, donations, volunteer hours or participated in some way to make Archeology Month 2011 a success.