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Containers Before Plastic

Arkansas Archeological Survey
Arkansas Archeological Society

With special thanks to:

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Dept. of Arkansas Heritage; Historic Preservation Associates, Fayetteville; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock Dist.

Arkansas Archeological Survey
2475 N. Hatch Ave., Fayetteville, 479-575-3556
(west of Garland across from Agri Park)
Exhibit: Prehistoric Ceramic Artistry in Northeast Arkansas
All March, Mon-Fri 8:00a-5:00p
This special exhibit will feature late prehistoric ceramic vessels from sites in northeast Arkansas.
Slide Talk: Ghost Boats on the Mississippi: Discovering Our Working Past
March 23, 7:00p
The Kokoci Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society invites the public to hear Survey archeologist Dr. Skip Stewart-Abernarthy discuss his research on sunken river boats.

Arkansas Post Museum
5530 Hwy. 165 S., Gillett, 870-548-2634
Event: Arkansas Indian Weekend
March 13, 10:00a-3:30p
Invited guests to demonstrate, give talks, distribute literature include Circle of Friends Powwow, Ark. Chpt. of the Trail of Tears Assc., Quapaw Indian Nation. Native American crafts, books, weapons & music planned.
Workshop: Time Capsules in Clay
March 27, 10:30a-3:30p
Participants will make a time capsule of clay in which they will place a message. Directions for oven-firing will be provided.

Arkansas Post National Memorial
1741 Old Post Rd., Gillett, 870-548-2207
(Ark. 169, via U.S. 165)
Event: Colonial Arkansas Encampment
March 20, 8:00a-5:00p
The 2004 encampment will commemorate the bicentennial of the March 23, 1804 transfer of Arkansas Post from Spanish to American authorities as a result of the Louisiana Purchase. Planned activities include a recreation of the 1804 transfer ceremony. Historians and archeologists scheduled to speak include Judge Morris Arnold, Prof. Charles Bolton, & Dr. John House.

Arkansas School of Math & Sciences
200 Whittington Ave., Hot Springs, 870-230-5463
Program: Native American Containers
March 9, 7:00p, Board Room
The Ouachita Chpt. of the Ark. Archeological Society invites the public to hear Native American artisan Valerie Goetz talk about pine needle baskets and gourds used as containers.

Arkansas State University Museum
On campus, Jonesboro, 870-972-2071
Program: TBA
The Central Mississippi Valley Chpt. of the Ark. Archeological Society invites the public to attend their monthly meeting. Call for information.

Arkansas Tech University
ATU Museum & Survey Station, Tucker Hall; 411 W. N St., on campus, Russellville, 479-964-0826
(El Paso entry, left on West L, right on West M, left to parking lot)
Open House: Archeology Month
March 6, 9:00a-4:00p
Tours, demonstrations, and children's activities held throughout the day. Flintknapping by Ben Swadley and basketmaking by John Hampton.
Children's Activity: Hands On Containers B.P. (Before Plastic)
March 6, 10:00a & 2:00p
Learn about different kinds of containers made by Native Americans, and make your own out of oven-bakeable clay.
Fee: $3 per child

Bella Vista Historical Museum
1885 Bella Vista Way, Bella Vista, 479-855-1970
(corner of Hwy. 71 and Kingsland Rd.)
Exhibits: Artifacts From 3BE204 & Making of a Rice Point
All March, Thur-Sun 1:00-4:00p|
Exhibits feature artifacts from the Hay Bluff Site with preserved cloth bags and clothing, and the process of knapping a Middle Archaic point.
Slide Talk: Early Caddoan Cultures
March 7, 2:00p
Slides feature Caddoan pottery.
March Sundays, 3:00p
Videos shown will be "Crossroads of the Past" and "First Americans."

Caddo Conference, 46th Annual
Northwestern State Univ., Natchitoches, LA, 318-357-4328 or 318-357-4364
Conference: Caddo Regional Interaction
March 12-1
Participants at the Caddo Conference present papers on a wide range of topics on Caddo people and culture.

Cane Hill Excavation
On site, Cane Hill, 479-575-6554
Excavation: Archeological Dig
March 8-12 &15-18, call for hours
The Ark. Archeological Survey will sponsor the excavation of a detached kitchen at its associated antebellum house site.
Note: Members of the public who would like to see the excavations are requested to call archeologist Jerry Hilliard to make arrangements.

Clark County Historical Museum
In historic RR depot, S. 6th & Walnut Sts., Arkadelphia, 870-230-1360
Program: Artifact Identification Day
March 6, 10:00a-2:00p
Ark. Archeological Survey archeologists will be on hand to talk about artifacts in the museum exhibits and provide information about artifacts collected by the public in the Clark Co. area.

Fort Smith National Historic Site
301 Parker Ave., Ft. Smith, 501-783-3961 (from Rogers Ave., turn south on 4th, west on Garland)
Children's Workshop: Pack It, Haul It & Store It: What's in That Old Container?
March 6, 9:30a & 1:30p
Ranger Peggy Nelson will lead a hands-on guessing game for children, ages 5 & up. Children will match different items with the containers that were used to measure, ship, or store them.
Slide Talk: From Pottery to Plastic: Evidence of Prehistoric & Historic Storage from Archeological Materials
March 9, 7:00p
State Archeologist Dr. Ann Early will speak on the art & craft of Caddo pottery. Park staff will also discuss examples of other storage artifacts found at Ft. Smith.
Living History Program: Food Storage at the Fort
March 20, 11:00a & 2:00p
Park ranger Sam Trisler, dressed as a soldier from the 1840s, will discuss the Commissary's use as a supply warehouse. Food provisions were stored there in barrels, boxes, sacks and paper, and transported to soldiers serving west of Fort Smith.
Workshop: Woven Baskets
March 27, 9:30a & 1:30p
Baskets have been used for storage by people of many cultures. Park ranger Julie Northrip will instruct children ages 5 and up in basic basketweaving as they make paper baskets.
Note: No charge, but call for reservations.

Garland County Library
1427 Malvern, Hot Springs, 501-623-4161
Exhibit: Containers Before Plastic
All March, regular library hours
The exhibit will highlight the variety of containers, of different kinds of materials, made and used in Arkansas in the past. Sponsored by the Ouachita Chapt. of the Ark. Archeological Society.

Hampson Museum
#2 Lake Drive, Wilson, 870-655-8622
Exhibit: Ceramic Containers
All March, Tues-Sat 8:00a-5:00p, Sun 1:00-5:00p
The museum houses hundreds of ceramic containers created and used hundreds of years ago. Visitors can see containers that provide clues about the long-gone culture that created and used them.
Admission charged.

Lake Frierson State Park
7904 Hwy. 141, Jonesboro, 870-932-2615
Slide Talk: Sloan Site
March 27, 10:00a
Corinne Fletcher, Supt. of Hampson Museum, will conduct a program on the Sloan Site of Arkansas, the oldest-known cemetery in the New World. Learn about the prehistoric culture of this area and see replica artifacts.
Workshop: Containers Before Plastic
March 27, 1:00p
In this hands-on class, participants will learn about the methods of making pots, tempering materials, firing, decorating, and a brief history of pottery.
Fee: $5, preregister by March 22

Museum of Discovery
500 Pres. Clinton Ave., Little Rock, 501-396-7050
(River Market off I-30, Markham St. exit)
School Program: Brother Bear
All March, see below
A 30-min. learn & do program for PreK-3rd grade. Learn how important the bear was to Arkansas Indians and make bear claw necklaces to take home.
School Program: Red Clay & Sweet Grass
All March, see below
A 1-hour learn & do program for 4th grade-adult. Program explores how American Indians used nature's bounty to create containers: baskets, clay bowls & jugs, & leather cases. Class will make a medicine bag.
Fee & Times: Group rate, call to reserve time.

Northwest Arkansas Community College
One College Dr., Bentonville, 479-619-4109
(I-540 to Exit 86, east to campus)
(Burns Hall, Rooms 1330A&B)
Exhibit: Precolumbian & Prehistoric Southern & Southwestern Pottery
All March, regular college hours
Precolumbian pottery from the Bill & Barb Putman collection will be featured. Also, photo display of hand-building a coil pot. Maps and timelines of pottery development, geographic location.

Old State House Museum
300 W. Markham St., Little Rock, 501-324-9685
Exhibit: John Barleycorn Must Die
All March, Mon-Sat 9:00a-5:00p, Sun 1:00-5:00p
Bootlegging exhibit includes a wide range of containers used for alcohol production and distribution, including those made from copper, glass, ceramics, wood, leather, and metal to transport and conceal outlawed beverages.

Parkin Archeological State Park
Intersection of Hwy. 184 N. & US 64, Parkin, 870-755-2500
Program: Artifact I.D. Day
March 14, 1:00-3:00p
Archeologists will be available to answer questions & to identify any prehistoric artifacts from the area for visitors.
Program: "Adventures in Archeology" School Days
March 23, 24, & 25, 10:00a-2:00p
Bring your students and let them be archeologists for a day. Students will get dirty on a mock dig as they trowel their way to discovery a centimeter at a time. They will also get to do lab analysis as they sort through artifacts from the Parkin Site. Students will learn about tools of the trade at this 5-station workshop.

Petit Jean State Park
1285 Petit Jean Mtn. Rd., Morrilton, 501-727-6512
Archeology Day at Petit Jean State Park
Guided Hike: Rock House Cave
March 20, 9:00a
Learn about Native Americans on this guided hike by viewing rock art and a grinding bowl at Rock House Cave. Meet at Cave parking area.
Slide Talk: Overview of Rock Art in Arkansas
March 20, 11:00a
Survey research asst. Michelle Berg Vogel will show slides of some of the less accessible rock art at Petit Jean and other Arkansas sites. Learn about the techniques used to study rock art. Meet in the Arkansas Room at Mather Lodge.
Demo: Dutch Oven Cooking
March 20, 2:00p
Learn how pioneers cooked, as well as some simple ways you can cook using a Dutch oven. Meet at the Amphitheater.
Slide Talk: Archeology at Carden Bottom: From Dalton to Trade Beads, So Far
March 20, 7:00p
Survey archeologist Dr. Skip Stewart-Abernathy will summarize the prehistoric archeology at Carden Bottom, with Petit Jean Mtn. in the background. Meet at the Amphitheater.

Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Historical Museum
201 E. 4th St., Pine Bluff, 870-541-5402
Exhibit: History of Jars
All March, Mon-Fri 9:00a-4:00p
A select group of canning jars from 1850-1950 and Jefferson County milk bottles from the 1930s will be on display.
Slide Talk: From Napoleon to Ball: A Very Brief History on Fruit Jars
March 9, 5:00p
Mary Farmer, Survey/UAPB archeological assistant will give a presentation on the history of canning jars.

Peel Mansion Museum
400 S. Walton Blvd., Bentonville, 479-273-9664
Exhibit: Peel Icehouse
All March, Tues-Sat 10:00a-4:00p
An exhibit of the 2002 Peel Icehouse excavation by the Ark. Archeological Survey will have artifacts and a history of the building as discovered in the archeological record.

Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center
(Ark. Game & Fish Commission)
1685 CR 35N, Columbus, 800-983-4219 (off Highway 73 between Saratago & Hope)
Archeology Open House
March 20, 9:00a-3:00p
The day's activities include interpretive tours of Caddo sites, display of site artifacts, reference materials, and handouts. Ark. Archeological Survey & Ark. Game & Fish Comm. staff will be on hand to answer questions.

Searcy County Historical Society
Program will be held at First Christian Church, Hwy. 65N, Marshall, 479-442-3691, 479-968-0381
Slide Talk: Searcy County Log Buildings
March 26, 7:00p
Survey archeologist Dr. Skip Stewart-Abernathy will discuss log structures he has investigated in Searcy County over the last 30 years.

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
118 W. Johnson Ave., Springdale, 479-750-8165
Exhibit: What Did We Ever Do Before Plastics?
All March,
Mon-Sat 10:00a-5:00p
This temporary exhibit will examine various types of containers that were used before plastic counterparts were invented. Examples will include milk bottles, spice tins, baskets, and water containers. Modern plastic forms will be included for side-by-side comparisons.
Workshop: Artifact Identification
March 13, 1:00p
Archeologists Jerry Hilliard, James Davidson & Jamie Brandon will identify both prehistoric and historic artifacts brought to the museum by the public.

Southern Arkansas University
100 E. University, Magnolia, 870-235-4230
(Curriculum Center, Magale Library)
Slide Talk: Grandview Archeology Update
March 9, 7:00p
The Kadohadacho Chpt. of the Ark. Archeological Soc. invites the public to hear Survey archeologist Dr. Frank Schambach discuss the results of his 3-year excavations at the Grandview Wildlife Management Area.

Texarkana Museums System
219 N. State Line Ave., Texarkana, 903-793-4831
Exhibit: Containers Before Plastic
All March, Tues-Sat 10:00a-4:00p
Part of permanent exhibit, a variety of Caddo pots & bottles collected from the Four States region are displayed. Also glass water bottles from the 1840s.
Fee: Museum admission is charged.
Note: Watch for the 3rd Annual Texarkana Archeology Fair, October 2, at Spring Lake Park!

Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park
490 Toltec Mounds Rd., Scott, 501-961-9442 (10 m. south of Little Rock on U.S. Hwy. 165)
Fee: Park admission is charged.
Demo: Native American Cooking
March 6, 10:00a-2:00p
Visitors will enjoy sampling traditional & modern Native American-style dishes and will receive recipes for preparing a new dishes. The menu may include roasted venison, sweet potato cakes, roasted apples, Anasazi beans, & Cherokee stew. A wild edible plants program will be presented at 2:00p.
Demo: Pioneer Cooking
March 13, 10:00a-2:00p
Pioneers used the Dutch oven on a daily basis to fry, brown, steam, stew, & bake a hardy meal, and it is used today by Scouts, campers & outdoorsmen as a fun way to prepare a delicious meal. Learn how to properly season, use, clean & store a cast iron cooking vessel. Dishes like cowboy stew, johnnycakes, & trail cobbler will be available for sampling.

Univ. of Arkansas-Fayetteville Anthropology Dept.
On campus, Fayetteville, 479-575-2508
Colloquium: Violent Death in Dallas (1900-1907): Evidence from Freedman's Cemetery
March 24, 3:30p, Old Main 329
Archeologist James Davidson will discuss interpersonal violence in the African American community of Dallas, TX, 1900-1907. Archival records will supplement forensic data derived from gunshot victims recovered from the cemetery.
Stigler Lecture: The Living Legacies of Lewis & Clark
March 25, 7:30p, Old Main Giffels Auditorium
Dr. Gary E. Moulton, Professor of History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is a noted Lewis & Clark scholar. He served as consultant on the Ken Burns' film, as advisor to the U.S. Mint on the design of the Sacagawea dollar, and advisor for National Geographic's IMAX film. His publications include the journals of the Lewis & Clark expedition.
Colloquium: Prehistoric Bronze & Ceramic Vessels from SE Asia & the Pacific
March 31, 3:30p, Old Main 329
Anthropology student Ed Tennant will discuss some of the interesting forms of vessels and how they migrated into the Pacific and were later abandoned after people moved into Polynesia.

University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center Ballroom, 479-788-7588
Slide Talk: The Art & Craft of Prehistoric Native American Pottery in Arkansas: A Heritage in Clay
Feb. 19, 2:30p
State Archeologist Dr. Ann Early will talk about the artistic achievements of prehistoric potters, how pottery was made, and styles used by Arkansas's different Native societies.

University of Arkansas-Monticello
UAM campus, 870-460-1290
Program: Archeological Searching for Arkansas Post & the Quapaw Village of the 1680s to 1750s
March 4, 7:00p
Survey archeologist Dr. John House will be the guest speaker for the March monthly meeting of the Tunican Chpt. of the Ark. Arch. Society. The Chapter invites the public to attend. Location TBA. Call for information.

Anyone wishing to sponsor a program or exhibit for Arkansas Archeology Month 2003 or seeking additional information, contact:

Archeology Month Coordinator
Arkansas Archeological Survey
2475 N. Hatch Ave.
Fayetteville, AR 72704


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