The Arkansas Archeological Survey's Blytheville Station is located on the former Eaker Air Force Base in Blytheville. The Blytheville station maintains archeological site records and research collections for Mississippi and Crittenden counties.
Cultural resources in the Blytheville station territory include prehistoric Indian sites dating as far back as 10,000 years ago, town and mound sites from the Mississippian era (AD 900-1600), sites which may have been visited by the Hernando de Soto expedition in 1541, Civil War era sites, the final resting place of the steamboat Sultana, a New Deal agricultural cooperative, and an outstanding example of Art Moderne architecture from the 1930s.
Between 2004 and 2006, the Blytheville Station hosted the Arkansas Annual Training Program in Archeology at the Eaker site. The Training Program provides an opportunity to participate in an archeological project supervised by archeologists from the Arkansas Archeological Survey. It is open to all members of the Arkansas Archeological Society. Visit the Society website to find out more about the Training Program and how to join the Arkansas Archeological Society.
For more information about the Blytheville Station area, contact us at:
Dr. Claudine Payne, Station Archeologist
2520 Friday Spur, Blytheville, AR 72315
Marion Haynes, Station Assistant, Retired
Michelle Rathgaber, Station Assistant
Copyright ©2012, Arkansas Archeological Survey, Revised - December 2013