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Dr. Claudine PayneIn 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.

Dr. George Sabo III Named New Survey Director
The Arkansas Archeological Survey welcomes Dr. George Sabo III as our new director. Dr. Sabo replaces Dr. Thomas Green, who retired in June after many years of dedicated service to the Survey.

Marilyn Knapp New Society Liason
We are happy to welcome Marilyn Knapp to the Survey family in July. Marilyn will act as the Arkansas Archeological Survey’s liaison to the Arkansas Archeological Society and will provide assistance with the Survey’s education programs. Marilyn takes over from Barbara Scott, who retired in June.

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

New Website Launched - 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.

Celebrate Archeology in March during Archeology Month!
The theme for 2013 was Celebrate Archeology. Read more on the Archeology Month web page.

Book on Washington's Pioneer Cemetery Now Available
Pioneer CemeteryRecently published by the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives Foundation is Thou Wert Dear to Us: A Record of Pioneer Cemetery, Washington, Arkansas, by Mary L. Kwas and Jami J. Lockhart of the Arkansas Archeological Survey. This guide to Pioneer Cemetery is presented in three sections. Section 1 outlines the history of Pioneer Cemetery and analyzes the burial population. Section 2 provides biographical sketches of 85 known and strongly suspected interments. Each listing, arranged alphabetically, includes corrected dates, a discussion of the grave marker, epitaph when available, biographical sketch drawn from information on the grave marker and in published and archival sources, obituary when available, and a list of references. Section 3 is a discussion of the archaeogeophysical survey using ground-penetrating radar and electrical resistance. The guide is 85 pages long and includes an index of interred individuals. Color photographs by Jamie C. Brandon, Arkansas Archeological Survey; and Sarah Wade and Joshua Williams, Historic Washington State Park, also are included. The book will be available for sale through the Historic Washington State Park gift shop (email:, or inquiries may be directed to the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives (email: The cost is $20.00, plus any shipping and tax.


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, click the link below:

SAUCedarGroveMissingList_v4.pdf (2.7MB)

For more information call:

Dr. George Sabo III, Director
Arkansas Archeological Survey
2475 N. Hatch Ave.
Fayetteville, AR
Jamie Brandon, Research Station Archeologist
Arkansas Archeological Survey
Southern Arkansas University

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 (2009)
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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