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Theme: Celebrate Archeology

Sponsors:
Arkansas Archeological Survey
Arkansas Archeological Society

With special thanks to our supporters:
Archeological & Environmental Consultants, L.L.C., Austin, TX

Please call to confirm dates & times.

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 8:30a-4:30p
Open storage of prehistoric artifacts from Arkansas.
Presentation: Modern Technology & Archaeology at the Protohistoric Carden Bottoms Site
March 12, 7:00p
Dr. Jami Lockhart, Arkansas Archeological Survey, will be the guest speaker. Sponsored by the AAS Kokoci Chapter.

Arkansas Northeastern College
2501 S. Division St., Blytheville, 870-532-9104
• Workshop: Archeology in Action
March 5, 12 & 19, 6:30-8:30p
This 3-session community education class will explore how archeology works and what is done in the lab. The first session will be held at ANC, and the following 2 sessions will be held at the Ark. Archeological Survey-Blytheville Station lab, working with various types of artifacts.

Arkansas School for Math, Sciences & the Arts
200 Whittington Ave., Hot Springs, 501-622-5100
(in the west building next to the parking lot)
Program: Upcoming Excavations in Montgomery County
March 12, 7:00p
Dr. Mary Beth Trubitt and Mary Ann Goodman will present an illustrated talk for the public on the new excavations planned for a site in the Ouachita National Forest in June. This year's Society Training Program will investigate Caddo Indian lifeways along the Ouachita River at the time of first contacts with the Spanish in the 16th century. Included will be information about how newcomers can participate as "citizen scientists" alongside professional archeologists on this research project. Sponsored by the AAS Ouachita Chapter.

Arkansas State University Museum
ASU, Jonesboro, 870-972-2071
Program: Phil Newkumet’s Drums
March 14, 7:00p
Dr. George Sabo, Survey-UA archeologist, will discuss the links between cultural traditions and artistic representations, as seen in the Spiroan and Caddo motifs on Newkumet’s drums. Sponsored by the AAS Central Mississippi Valley Chapter.

Arkansas Tech University
Baswell Techionery Student Center
Program: History or Hearsay? The Archeology of Folklore, Memory & Identity in the Mulberry River Valley, Franklin & Johnson Counties
March 5, 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Mary Brennan & Lexie Rue-Harris, archeologists with the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest, look at some recorded historical archeological sites, but one of the archeologists is also a native of the region & offers a different perspective on the sites. Sponsored by the AAS-River Valley Chapter.

Davidsonville Historic State Park
7953 Hwy. 166 S., Pocahontas, 870-892-4708
Exhibits: Discovering Davidsonville
All March, daily 8:00a-5:00p
Exhibits in the visitor center and on the grounds highlight the archeology & history of this frontier town.

Delta Gateway Museum
210 W. Main St., Blytheville, 870-532-9104  
Program: Artifact I.D. Day
March 9, 1:00-3:00p
Archeologists from the Arkansas Archeological Survey, Blytheville Station, will be on hand to identify and discuss Native American and historic artifacts brought in by the public.

Devil’s Den State Park
11333 W. Hwy. 74, West Fork, 479-761-3325
(West from Exits 53 or 45 off I-540)
Guided Hike: Pioneer Home Site Hike
March 9, 10:00a
Join Interpreter Rebekah at the Fossil Flats Trailhead for a strenuous 3-mile hike to some of the pioneer home sites found on the park. Learn more about these rugged families and their lives.

Hampson Archeological Museum State Park
#2 Lake Drive & US 61N., Wilson, 870-655-8622
Workshop: Digging History with Dr. Dig-It!
March 23, 1:00-2:00p
Dr. Dig-It returns to demonstrate how archeology helps to discover the story of the past. Join a simulated dig to learn methods of archeology and how the story is recovered. Suitable for all ages.
Exhibits: 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.

Henderson State University
1100 Henderson St., Reynolds 127, Arkadelphia, 870-230-5006
• Slide-Talk: Upcoming Archeological Dig in the Ouachita National Forest
March 7, 4:00p
This talk is part of HSU’s spring community classes, taught by Ellis College Faculty for the public. Dr. Mary Beth Trubitt, Survey-HSU archeologist, will discuss plans for new archeological research in western Arkansas.

Heritage House Museum of Montgomery Co., Inc.
819 Luzerne St., Mount Ida, 870-867-4422
Slide-Talk: Indians of Montgomery County
March 3, 2:00p
Dr. Mary Beth Trubitt, Survey-HSU archeologist, will deliver a public talk, illustrated with pictures and artifacts, about Indians in Montgomery County, based on past archeological excavations in the area.

Historic Washington State Park
Washington, 870-983-2684
Tour, Dinner & Presentation: Celebrate the Archeology of Washington
March 23, 5:00-8:00p
Visit pre-Civil War sites and hear how archeology informed the reconstruction of portions of the town. Dr. Jamie Brandon, Survey-SAU archeologist, will be the guest speaker. Dinner and presentation to follow tour.
Fee: Yes, call for reservations.

Hobbs State Park
20201 Hwy. 12 E., Rogers, 479-789-5000
(at Rocky Branch Marina)
Tour: Archeology Boat Tour
March 3, 1:00p
Join a park interpreter form Hobbs State Park for a boat cruise on Beaver Lake to discover some interesting archeological sites.
Fee: $10 per person

Lake Dardanelle State Park
100 State Park Dr., Russellville, 479-967-5516
Demo: Pioneer Play
March 2, 3:00p
Meet Park Interpreter Elizabeth across from the Visitor Center to discover what pioneer kids did to pass the time while the exploration & progress of their parents forged the culture you find here today.
Demo: Native American Games
March 9, 11:00a
Meet Park Interpreter Sasha across from the Visitor Center to learn some of the games Native Americans developed, played & perfected.
Demo: Talking Turkey
March 16, 3:00p
Join Park Interpreter Elizabeth at the amphitheater as she explains the importance of the wild turkey to Native Americans who traveled through and settled this area.
Workshop: Fiber Weaving
March 23, 3:00p
Join Park Interpreter Sasha at the Visitor Center classroom and discover how easy fiber weaving can be & put your own spin on this fun skill.
Fee: $3 per person
Demo: Picking Poles
March 30, 10:00a
Join Park Interpreter Elizabeth in the Visitor Center classroom to learn techniques for making your own cane fishing pole.
Fee: $2 per person

Old Independence Regional Museum
380 S. 9th St., Batesville, 870-793-2121
Exhibit: Shawnee Room
All March, Tues-Sat 9:00a-4:30p; Sun 1:30-4:00p
Learn about the county’s earliest residents & their interactions with traders and settlers. Includes a video.
Fee: Admission charged.

Old State House Museum
300 W. Markham, Little Rock, 501-324-9685
Lecture: First Contact in Arkansas: Hernando De Soto & Arkansas
March 20, 12:00-1:00p
Tyler Stumpf, researcher, will discuss & explain the basics behind the de Soto expedition, explore de Soto’s route through the SE, with a focus on Arkansas, and explore how this important event altered the history of North America.
Note: Brown Bag Lunch Series; museum will provide drinks.

Parkin Archeological State Park
Intersection of Hwy. 184 N. & US 64, Parkin, 870-755-2500
Program: Artifact & Fossil I.D. Day
March 16, 1:00-4:00p
Dr. Jeff Mitchem, Survey-Parkin archeologist, & other experts will be available to answer questions and identify artifacts, fossils and minerals brought in by the public.
Note: No appraisals.
Workshop: Flintknapping
March 30, 1:00-4:00p
Immerse yourself in this ancient craft. Learn how Native Americans used stone to make weapons and try your hand at flintknapping. Each participant will take home a flintknapping kit.
Fee: $20 each, ages 11-adult, reservations required.

Petit Jean State Park
1285 Petit Jean Mtn. Rd., Morrilton, 501-727-5441
Program: Archeology Day
March 19, call for times
Join Petit Jean State Park interpreters for programs throughout the day that focus on the park’s archeological treasures and heritage, including the Native American pictographs of Rock House Cave.

Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Historical Museum
201 E. 4th St., Pine Bluff, 870-541-5402
Slide-Talk: Archeology & the Black Experience: African-American Involvement in Preserving Our Heritage
March 5, 7:00p
Rodney D. Parker, US Army Corps of Engineer, Little Rock, will be the guest speaker.

Searcy County Historical Society
1st Christian Church, Hwy 65N, Marshall, 479-442-3691
• Slide-Talk: Excavating the Rogers House at Prairie Grove Battlefield
March 29, 7:00p
Jerry Hilliard, Arkansas Archeological Survey archeologist, will discuss the results of recent work at the Civil War battlefield.

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
118 W. Johnson Ave., Springdale, 479-750-8165
Program: Artifact Identification Day
March 2, 12:00-2:00p
Jerry Hilliard, Ark. Archeological Survey archeologist, will identify artifacts, both historic and prehistoric, that are brought to the museum by the public. Bring items to show and tell.
Program: The Northwest Arkansas Land Trust: Preserving Natural History in the Ozarks
March 13, 12:00-1:00p
A lunch-time program by Terri Lane, executive director of the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust.
Exhibit: From Archaeopteryx to Zapus
All March, Mon-Sat 10:00a-5:00p
Opened in February, this new exhibit explores the history of the University of Arkansas Museum.  

Southern Arkansas University
Reynolds Center, Magnolia Rm., Magnolia, 870-235-4229
Slide-Talk: Archeology at the Dragover Site
March 12, 7:00p
Meeks Etchieson, Ouachita National Forest Heritage program manager, will talk about the upcoming Arkansas Archeological Society Training Program at this multi-component site near Mt. Ida. Sponsored by the AAS Kadohadacho 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 23, 4:00-7:30p
4:00p: Native American tools & weapons demo.
5:00p: Discussion of 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: Artifact Identification Day
March 2, 10:00a-12:00p
Solve a mystery! Have you ever wanted to know more about those arrowheads and pottery pieces you found as a kid? Visitors are invited to bring up to 5 artifacts to be seen by an archeologist.
Note: No appraisals.
Archeological Dig: Spring Break Field School
March 18-29, Tue-Sat 8:00a-5:00p
Dr. Elizabeth Horton, Survey-Toltec Mounds archeologist, will test significant anomalies detected in 2009 with remote sensing technologies. The public is invited to see what may be discovered.
Note: Participation restricted to field school class.
Exhibits: Park Museum & Grounds
All March, Tues-Sat 8:00a-5:00p, Sun 1:00-5:00p
Visit the interpretive exhibits, watch an introductory DVD and take a self-guided walk through the mound site. The exhibits feature artifacts recovered from the site and explain the process of archeological investigation.

University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
Math-Science Bldg, Room 211, Fort Smith, 479-788-7812
• Slide-Talk: Multi-Sensor Remote Sensing & Mapping at Spiro: Discovering Intrasite Organization
March 7, 7:00p
Scott Hammerstedt, Oklahoma Archeological Survey, will discuss the results of technologies providing compelling evidence of population density, structures, activity areas, and historic disturbances. Sponsored by the AAS Ark-Homa Chapter.

Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, Heritage Farmstead Teaching Barn
1 Rockefeller Dr., 501-727-6250
Program: Archeology Month Open House
March 9, 10:00a-4:00p
Archeological exhibits and collections on display; demonstrations of early weaponry, including atlatl and blowgun; flintknapping; early firearms; costumed reenacter. Includes special commemoration of German author Friedrich Gerstacker and his writings on 19th-century Arkansas.
Presentation: Friedrich Gerstacker: An Astonishing Observer of Antebellum Arkansas
March 9, 2:00-3:00p
Dr. Leslie “Skip” Stewart-Abernathy, Survey-WRI archeologist, will present the program.
Field Day: Lab Experience
March 16, 9:30a-4:30p
An archeological lab experience sponsored by the AAS Arkansas River Valley Chapter. Public is invited to see what really occupies most of an archeologist’s time. Please call Dr. Stewart-Abernathy at 501-727-6250 for details.
Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, Legacy Theater
1 Rockefeller Dr., 501-727-6250
Film & Discussion: A Thief of Time, Part 1, and Assault on Time
March 8, 7:00p
A 45-minute film based on Tony Hillerman’s novel about looting of burial sites on the Navajo Reservation, and a 30-minute film about damage to sites in Arkansas and across the U.S. Films will be followed by discussion on issues of site looting and preservation, led by Dr. Ann Early, Arkansas State Archeologist.
Film & Discussion: A Thief of Time, Part 2
April 12, 7:00p
Film will be followed by a discussion on the Native American Graves & Repatriation Act, led by Dr. Tom Green, Director of the Arkansas Archeological Survey.

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