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Tom Green Retires after 20 Years as Survey Director
Dr. Thomas J. Green retired as Survey Director at the end of June 2013. He had held the position for 20 years. Green earned a B.A. in anthropology in 1968 from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. in anthropology in 1977 from Indiana University. Before coming to Arkansas he had served the state of Idaho for 15 years as State Archeologist and Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer.

Dr. Green’s career at the Survey was notable in many ways, not least for being well liked by all his colleagues. Management and administrative tasks consume much of the Director’s time (there are many meetings), but Tom found a way to stay active in the discipline, presenting conference papers and publishing. He also taught courses for the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arkansas’s Fayetteville campus, providing needed instruction in the practice of cultural resource management (CRM) that is so important for young graduates as they transition to the job-seeking world. His experience also made him highly sought after for professional training and development, and he regularly taught CRM classes for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers training program in Santa Fe. Plus, he did get out into the field, especially during the annual Training Program digs jointly sponsored by the Survey and the Arkansas Archeological Society, a statewide organization of amateurs and professionals interested in the archeology of Arkansas. Indeed, part of Tom’s legacy includes continuing and building upon the close relationship between Survey and Society that was forged by his predecessor Dr. Charles R. McGimsey and previous state archeologist Hester Davis.

Tom Green retires after 20 years as Survey Director

Marvin Jeter Retires after 28 Years as UAM Station Archeologist
Dr. Marvin Jeter retired at the end of December 2012 after some 28 years as the Survey’s
research station archeologist in Monticello, where he taught anthropology classes in the University of
Arkansas–Monticello’s School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Jeter received his Ph.D. in 1977 from
Arizona State University. After five years as station archeologist, he departed to try other horizons,
serving as Director of the Center for American Archeology’s Kampsville Archeological Center in
Illinois for several years. He returned to Arkansas in 1989 and again took up the post at UAM, where
he remained, forging a program of research as well as an active relationship with the local Tunican
Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society—known for its “Tunican Tours” or casual field trips to
nearby archeological parks and related attractions in Arkansas and neighboring states.

Jeter’s research in Arkansas focused on the late prehistoric, protohistoric, and historic/contact periods in the Lower Mississippi Valley, but he also studied the history of archeological explorations in that region, and various aspects of African American culture in the Southeast. Just a few of his notable contributions include his work on the Taylor site, encompassing both a Mississippian period mound site and an antebellum plantation house; investigations into the Plaquemine culture; long-term work with local preservationists to encourage interest in preserving sites along Bayou Bartholomew (including the Lake Enterprise Mound, which turned out to be the oldest Indian mound so far dated in Arkansas); and work in cooperation with the Mosaic Templars Preservation Society to study the history of this Black burial insurance organization. In some ways Jeter’s studies of the Mosaic Templars were a precursor of the Survey’s later dedicated program of assistance for historic and especially Black cemetery preservation organizations.

Arkansas Novaculite: A Virtual Comparative Collection Website
This new website describes and illustrates novaculite from the Ouachita Mountains as an important resource that was chipped into stone tools by Indians in the past, and is manufactured into whetstones today.  This website is intended to be an educational resource for people interested in Arkansas history, archeology, and Indians of Arkansas, as well as a research tool for archeologists who need to identify novaculite from archeological sites.  Highlights of the website include an interactive map and high-quality photographs that show the range of novaculite colors and textures.This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.Dr. Claudine Payne

In Memoriam - Dr. Claudine Payne, Blytheville
We are deeply grieved to inform our community that Dr. Claudine Payne, our station archeologist at Blytheville, 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. For those who knew Claudine and wish to make a remembrance, her family request NO flowers, but suggest a donation in her name to the American Cancer Society.

Arkansas Archeological Survey Annual Reports
The Survey's Annual Reports for 2012-2013, 2011-2012 and 2010-2011 are now available for download.


Arkansas Archeological Survey Receives NEH Grant

Arkansas College (1851-1852) Cistern Discovered at First Christian Church in Fayetteville

Virtual Hampson Museum

Artifacts Stolen from SAU Research Station
August 7, 2006 - The Arkansas Archeological Survey and Southern Arkansas University report the theft of 26 prehistoric Caddo Indian pottery vessels from the Arkansas Archeological Survey’s Research Station collection at Southern Arkansas University. The pottery vessels are all from the Cedar Grove site located near the Red River in Lafayette County, Arkansas. The vessels belong to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and are federal property. Photographs and complete documentation of each pottery vessel exist so they will be very difficult to sell on the open market.

The vessels are from Indian graves subject to the provisions of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, a federal law. If the vessels were transported across state lines they will be subject to the federal Archeological Resource Protection Act. Hence, the thieves can be prosecuted under two separate federal laws as well as state law. For these reasons, the SAU Police Department is working with the El Dorado office of the FBI in the investigation.

For a list and photographs of the stolen pottery vessels: SAUCedarGroveMissingList_v4.pdf (2.7MB)

For more information call:

Dr. George Sabo III, Director
Arkansas Archeological Survey
2475 N. Hatch Ave.
Fayetteville, AR

Mystery Rock Art
These two pieces of rock art were removed from a site or sites in the Arkansas/Oklahoma/Texas region and are now in law enforcement custody. Does anyone recognize these images? If you know where they were originally located, please contact Todd Swain of the National Park Service at 760-413-8214.

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Recent Archaeo-geophysical Investigations at Two Prehistoric Mound Sites in Arkansas

Fieldwork Highlights

Johnson's Ford (3CR0313) Early 19th Century Bridge Remains on Osage Creek, Carrol County, AR
In 2005 the remains of a timber-frame bridge was recorded on Osage Creek in Carroll County, Arkansas.  Through the use of dendrochronology, General Land Office Survey Plats, historical records, and the archaeological record its historical significance can be documented.

Fitzgerald’s Station: A Stage Stop on the Butterfield Overland Mail Route
Remote sensing and excavations were conducted at Fitzgerald's Station in late 2004 and early 2005 as part of a master's thesis project for Terri Bruce. This important site contains one of the very few original buildings that still exist along the Butterfield stage route. Read about it here.

Archaeogeophysics at Walker Cemetery
A remote sensing and mapping survey conducted at historic Walker Cemetery in Fayetteville.

GreenbrierThe Greenbrier Site
Fieldwork conducted during the Arkansas Archeological Society 2000 Summer Dig

The King Mastodon
Excavating the remains of a Mastodon near Bay, Arkansas

The Meador Site
A salvage excavation in Northeast Arkansas

Fayetteville Town Center
A salvage dig in downtown Fayetteville


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