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Arkansas Archeology Month 2015 will be celebrated in March with a variety of programs, exhibits, hands-on activities, and tours at parks, museums, universities, libraries and elsewhere. Archeology Month is an annual celebration commemorating Arkansas' cultural heritage as revealed through the archeology of both prehistoric and historic eras.

Dr. Charles McGimsey IIIDr. Charles R. McGimsey III
We are sorry to announce that Dr. Charles R. McGimsey III passed away on the evening of January 20, 2015. Dr. McGimsey’s career compassed many roles. He helped to create the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arkansas and served as Chairman. He was Director of the University of Arkansas Museum. He was the founder of the Arkansas Archeological Survey and its first Director, a position held until his retirement in 1990. If individuals wish to make a contribution in honor of Bob McGimsey, the family requests that they be directed to the Charles R. McGimsey Scholarship Fund at the University of Arkansas.  This fund supports graduate students in the field of cultural resource management. Download the contribution form for information.

Hester Davis 1962Hester A. Davis 1930-2014
The Arkansas Archeological Survey mourns the passing of Hester A. Davis, who died on December 30, 2014. With Dr. Charles R. McGimsey III, Hester helped to create the Survey, established in 1967 by act of the Arkansas legislature, and she served as Arkansas’s first State Archeologist from that year until her retirement in 1999. Hester played a leading role in the creation of the annual training program for members of the Arkansas Archeological Society, which continues in its 52nd year.  Scores of archeologists working across the country also learned about modern archeological practice by taking the Public Archeology class that Hester taught from 1974 to 1991 at the University of Arkansas, where she served as Professor of Anthropology. If individuals wish to make a contribution in honor of Hester, the family requests that they be directed to the Hester A. Davis Internship in Public Archeology fund at the University of Arkansas. This fund provides an internship each year to a graduate student who plans a career in public archeology. Download the contribution form for more information.

Arkansas Novaculite: A Virtual Comparative Collection
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.

Arkansas Archeological Survey Annual Reports
The Survey's Annual Reports for 2013-2014, 2012-2013, 2011-2012 and 2010-2011 are now available for download.

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Highlights from Past Fieldwork & Research

Recent Archaeo-geophysical Investigations at Two Prehistoric Mound Sites in Arkansas:
Archaeogeophysical Investigations at the Late Mississippian Parkin Site in Arkansas
Archaeogeophysics and Archaeology at Grandview Ranch (3HE40)

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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