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Theme: Patterns of the Past

Sponsors:
Arkansas Archeological Survey
Arkansas Archeological Society

With special thanks to our supporters:
AAS Ko-ko-ci Chapter;
Smoke Pfeiffer;
Archeological & Environmental Consultants L.L.C., Austin, TX


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

2008 Archeology Month Poster
Archeology Month Poster

Arkansas Archeological Survey
2475 N. Hatch Ave., Fayetteville, 479-575-3556
(west of Garland across from Agri Park)
Exhibit: Collections of the UA Museum
All March, Mon-Fri 8:00a-5:00p
Open storage of prehistoric artifacts from Arkansas.

Arkansas Northeastern College
Adams Vines Library, 2501 S. Division, St., Blytheville, 870-762-1020
Exhibit: Book & Artifact Display
All March, regular library hours
Books on archeology will be on display and available for check out. Visitors can also view a small display of artifacts.

Arkansas School of Math & Sciences
200 Whittington Ave., Hot Springs, 501-525-2586
Board room in Western Bldg.
Slide-Talk: The Archeology of Early 19th-Century Montgomery County
March 11, 7:00p
Roger Coleman, Forest Service archeologist, will discuss excavations and explore differences in artifact patterns between slave-holding and non-slave-holding occupations. Sponsored by the AAS Ouachita Chapter.

Arkansas State University Museum
110 University Loop, (west wing of Dean B. Ellis Library), Jonesboro, 870-972-2074
Slide-Talk: Riders in the Sky
March 6, 7:00p
The AAS Central Mississippi Valley Chapter invites the public to hear George E. Lankford, Lyon College emeritus professor, talk about an iconographic mystery.
Program: Children’s Hands-on Crafts
March 8, 10:00a-2:00p
Program includes a variety of crafts, a scavenger hunt, audio iPod tour, and guided tours of the museum galleries. A special Kids’ Quest Arkansas Discovery Network event.

Bella Vista Historical Museum
1885 Bella Vista Way, Bella Vista, 479-855-1970
(corner of Hwy. 71 and Kingsland Rd.)
Video: The Expanding Nation
March Sundays, 2:00p, or groups by appointment
Explains the rapid growth of industry, commerce, & agriculture in the first half of the 19th century, leading to radical changes including forced removal of Native Americans to Oklahoma.

Blytheville Public Library
200 N. 5th St., Blytheville, 870-762-2431
Exhibit: Book & Artifact Exhibit
All March, regular library hours
Books on archeology will be on display and available for check out. Visitors can also view a small display of artifacts.

Button Exhibit at the Jefferson County Museum in Pine Bluff
Exhibit at Jefferson Co Museum

Blytheville Research Station
2520 Friday Spur, Blytheville, 870-532-9104
Open House: Research Station & Artifact I.D.
March 8, 1:00-3:00p
The Archeological Survey Research Station will be open to visitors. Survey personnel will be available to identify artifacts visitors bring in.

Buffalo National River, National Park Service
Harrison, 870-741-5446
Tyler Bend Visitor Center (Hwy 65 n. of Marshall)
Exhibit: The Warp & Weft of Ozark Culture
All March, 8:00a-5:00p
A study of prehistoric fibers from caves and shelters.

Hampson Archeological Museum State Park
#2 Lake Drive & US 61N., Wilson, 870-655-8622
Museum Tour: Late Mississippian Period-Nodena Culture
All March , Tues -Sat 8:00a-5:00p; Sun 1:00p-5:00p.
Learn about 15th-century Native Americans through art, religion, and ceremonial life reflected in their artifacts.
Fee: $2.50 adults; $1.50 children
Workshop: Gorgets Galore!
March 22, 1:00-2:00p
Discover the various types of personal adornment made in the Mississippian period with prog. asst. Tess Pruett. Make your own spider gorget to wear and take home.
Fee: $5.00

Fayetteville Public Library
401 W. Mountain St., Fayetteville, 479-571-2222
Performance: Oklahoma Fancy Dancers
March 8, 2:00p, Media & Magazine Section
The Oklahoma Fancy Dancers are a premier group of inter-tribal dancers and singers who present Native American culture through word and dance. Using drumming, flute playing and singing, the Oklahoma Fancy Dancers perform dances of a variety of American Indian Tribes.
Slide-Talk: Iconography in Arkansas Rock Art
March 12, 12:00 noon, Ann Henry Board Room
Survey archeologist Jerry Hilliard will demonstrate how rock art sites were impoprtant to local groups and will explore the art motifs and various Arkansas sites.
Workshop: American Indian Genealogy
March 15, 10:30a-1:00p, Walker Community Room
Kathy Huber with the Genealogy Center in Tulsa will present a program on the most effective tools used to locate American Indian ancestors among the Five Civilized Tribes.
Note: Pre-registration required.
Talk With the Artist: Charles Banks Wilson
March 19, 12:00 noon, Ann Henry Board Room
Nationally celebrated artist Charles Banks Wilson will present an informal talk about his art as well as American Indian culture and history.
Tour: Trail of Tears
March 22, 12:00 noon, Ann Henry Board Room
Susan Yound, Outreach Coordinator at Shiloh Museum and secretary of Heritage Trail Partners, and John McLarty, vice president of Heritage Trail Partners, will lead a walking tour of the Trail of Tears from the library to the 6th Street historical Trail of Tears site.
Talk With the Artist: Tony Tiger: Contemporary Native American Art
March 26, 12:00 noon, Ann Henry Board Room
Tiger, an Oklahoma artist and adjunct professor at Bacone College, will discuss his own artwork with Native American themes in mixed media as well as contemporary Native American art.

Historic Washington State Park
1914 School Bldg., Washington, 870-983-2684
Fieldwork: Royston House Dig
March 15-21, 8:00a-4:00p
Survey-SAU archeologist Jamie Brandon, staff & volunteers will be excavating the backyard of the Grandison D. Royston house. Royston was a prominent lawyer and politician in 19th century Arkansas.   

Hot Springs National Park
Ozark Bathhouse on Bathhouse Row, Hot Springs, 501-620-6704
Note: Call for location of program
Slide-talk: Didn’t All the Indians Come Here?
March 1, 2:00p
Mark Blaeuer, NPS park ranger, offers a fresh look at Hot Springs folklore about American Indians.

Jones Center for Families
922 E. Emma Ave., Springdale, 479-756-8090
Slide-Talk: Why Do We Dig Up the Recent Past?: Historical Archeology in Arkansas
POSTPONED - DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
Survey-SAU archeologist Jamie Brandon will discuss historical archaeology at this special lecture sponsored by the AAS Kokoci Chapter & supported by a Community Grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation.

Joy Pratt Markham Gallery
495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville, 479-575-3875
Exhibit:The Mystery of the Mayan Medallion
January 7-March 8, Mon-Fri 9:00a-5:00p, Sat 10:00a-4:00p
The mystery & intrigue of the Mayan empire is used to explore math, science and history.
Fee: None, but groups must pre-register.

Lower White River Museum State Park
2009 Main St., Des Arc, 870-256-3711
Workshop: Dutch Oven Cooking
March 8, 11:00a-1:00p
Discover the art of outdoor Dutch oven cooking used by early pioneers. Learn the history, care, and use of cast iron. End the day with a wonderful prepared meal.
Fee: $10 per person; children with adult; reservations required.

Malvern-Hot Spring County Library
202 E. Third St., Malvern, 501-332-5441
Exhibit: Archeological Research in the Malvern Area
All March, regular library hours
Exhibit highlights excavations at two area sites and evidence of novaculite tools made during the Archaic period. Sponsored by the AAS Ouachita Chapter.

Mid-America Science Museum
500 Mid-American Blvd., Hot Springs, 501-767-3461
Exhibit: The Mystery of the Mayan Medallion
March 15-May 15, Tues-Sun 10:00a-5:00p
Exhibit on Maya civilization with focus on materials from the site of Palenque in Mexico.
Fee: Museum admission.
Slide-Talk: Uncovering the Archaic: Recent Archeology in the Hot Springs Vicinity
March 27, 6:00p
Survey-HSU archeologist Mary Beth Trubitt will discuss her research in Arkansas and opportunities for the public to participate in archeological field work.

Museum of Discovery
500 President Clinton Ave., (Rivermarket Area), Little Rock, 501-396-7050
• Programs: Various Topics on Indians & History
All March, by appointment
Topics include: Arkansas Indians, Arkansas Indian Animal Tales, Arkansas Indian Legacy, Brother Bear, Unconventional Arkansas History.
Fee: Call for rates.

"Old Shawneetown" is one of the permanent exhibits at Old Independence Regional Museum in Batesville
Old Shawneetown

Old Independence Regional Museum
380 S. 9th St., Batesville, 870-793-2121
Exhibit: Quilts: From Bits & Pieces to Warmth & Beauty
All March through June, Tues-Sat 9:00a-4:30p, Sun 1:30-4:00p
The exhibit features a variety of quilts made in both traditional and unique patterns. Displayed quilts change every 6 weeks. The museum also has several permanent exhibits focusing on the history of the 12 counties that were part of Independence county in 1820.
Fee: Admission charged.

Parkin Archeological State Park
Intersection of Hwy. 184 N. & US 64, Parkin, 870-755-2500
Program: Artifact I.D. Day
March 15, 1:00-3:00p
Archeologists will be available to answer questions and identify artifacts you bring in.
Fee: Free. No appraisals.
Program: Adventures in Archeology School Days
March 26-28, 10:00a-1:30p
Learn the tools of archeology. Activities include trash talks, pottery reconstruction, loom weaving, site tour, cemeteries, lab analysis, more.
Fee: Call for cost and reservations.

Parkway Village Commons
14300 Chenal Pkwy., Little Rock, 501-224-7282
Slide-Talk:A Nostalgic Walk on the Arkansas National Forest
March 18, 6:30p
George Gatliff, member of the AAS Ouachita Chapter, will present archival photos taken on the Arkansas (now Ouachita) National Forest in the early 20th century.

Petit Jean State Park
1285 Petit Jean Mtn. Rd., Morrilton, 501-727-6512
Guided Hike: Rock House Cave Tour
March 15, 10:00a
Meet Park Interpreter Rachel Engebrecht at the Rock House Cave parking lot to explore this ancient bluff shelter & see Native American rock art created during the Mississippi Period.

Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Historical Museum
201 E. 4th St., Pine Bluff, 870-541-5402
Slide-Talk: What’s New in Archeology in Southeast Arkansas
March 5, 5:00p
Survey archeologist at UA-Pine Bluff, John House will discuss recent work in archeology.
Exhibit: All Kinds of Buttons
All March, regular hours
A special exhibit highlighting the variety of buttons will be on display throughout the year.

Rogers Historical Museum
322 S. 2nd St., Rogers, 479-621-1154
Exhibit: Patterns of the Past Tours of the Hawkins House
March 4-29, Tues-Sat 10:00a-4:00p
From dishes to quilts, the 1895 Hawkins House is full of patterns that reflect the tastes and technologies of the past. These special theme tours will focus on all the patterns to be found in the furnishings and accessories in an early 20th-century home.
Exhibit: Discovering the Bluff Dwellers
All March, Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00a-4:00p
Artifacts from the UA Museum collection focus on the Harrington and Dellinger excavations in the 1920s and 1930s; includes rarely seen fiber and basketry artifacts.

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
118 W. Johnson Ave., Springdale, 479-750-8165
Program: Artifact Identification Day
March 8, 12:00 noon
Arkansas Archeological Survey archeologists will be on hand to answer questions about artifacts from your collection.
Slide-Talk: Myths, Legends & the Nitty Gritty: Drennen-Scott House
March 19, 12:00 noon
Survey archeologist Tim Mulvihill and UA Fort Smith history professor Tom Wing will discuss how archeology and history are solving questions at the historic house.

Southern Arkansas University
Bruce Center Room 104, Magnolia, 870-234-4229
Slide-Talk: Archeology & Geophysics at Battle Mound, Lafayette County, Arkansas
March 11, 7:00p
Duncan McKinnon (UA) will give a brief history of archaeology on this largest mound site in the Caddo homeland and results of a recent remote sensing survey at the meeting of the AAS Kadohadocho Chapter.

Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park
490 Toltec Mounds Rd., Scott, 501-961-9442
(10 m. south of Little Rock on U.S. Hwy. 165)
Program & Tour: Spring Equinox Celebration
March 20, 4:00-7:30p
4:00p: Native American tools & weapons demo.
5:00p: Archeologist will discuss solar alignment of the mounds.
Near sunset: Park interpreters will conduct a guided tour of the site to observe the sunset over Mound A.
Fee: $4.00 adults, $3.00 children
Program: Gourd Workshop
March 22, 10:00a-12:00
Make a gourd craft. Learn how Native Americans used gourds. Learn different types, growing, how to make dippers, bowls, and canteens.
Fee: $25, ages: 16+, reservations required

University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
Echols Conference Center, Fort Smith, 479-788-7812
Program: Artifact I.D., Show & Tell
March 13, 7:00p
The AAS Ark-Homa Chapter invites the public to bring historic & prehistoric artifacts to show & tell. There will also be demonstrations & exhibits.

University of Arkansas-Monticello
UAM Forestry Bldg., Monticello, 870-460-1090        
Slide-Talk: Patterns of the Past: Prehistoric Indian Pottery Designs in SE Arkansas and Beyond
March 4, 7:15p
The AAS Tunican Chapter invites the public to hear Survey-UAM archeologist Marvin Jeter discuss patterns on pottery.

Washington County Extension Office
2536 N. McConnell, Fayetteville, 479-575-3556
Slide-Talk: Riders in the Sky
March 25, 7:00p
The AAS Kokoci Chapter invites the public to hear George E. Lankford, Lyon College emeritus profession, talk about an iconographic mystery.

Winthrop Rockefeller Institute
1 Rockefeller Dr., Petit Jean Mountain, Morrilton, 501-727-6283
Program: Archeology Month Open House
March 1, 10:00a-4:00p
Featuring renowned flintknapper Ben Swadley, artifact identification, Survey Research Station tours.          
Slide-Talk: Rediscovering Davidsonville: Arkansas’s Oldest County Seat Town
March 4, 7:00p
The AAS Arkansas River Valley Chapter involves the public to hear Survey archeologist Kathleen Cande discuss recent research and discoveries at this early Arkansas town.
Excavation: Archeology Month Dig
March 8-16
Please call for details.

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See also: Activity Ideas for Archeology Month 2008

 

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