We are deeply grieved to inform our community that Dr. Claudine Payne, Blytheville's station archeologist, passed away on December 13 after fighting cancer for several months. Claudine had recently been promoted to Archeologist within the Arkansas Archeological Survey and Research Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arkansas–Fayetteville. Her enthusiastic work with the Blytheville and surrounding communities, the Delta Gateway Museum, and the archeology of northeast Arkansas was a wonderful asset to the Survey's mission, and we will miss her.

Dr. Claudine Payne
Station Archeologist Claudine Payne at the Eaker site

General Information
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.

Blytheville Research Station Area

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:
Blytheville Aeroplex
2520 Friday Spur, Blytheville, AR 72315
(870) 532-9104
Marion Haynes, Archeological Assistant, Retired
Email: mlhayne@uark.edu
Michelle Rathgaber, Archeological Assistant
Email: mmrathga@uark.edu

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