About the Survey
The Arkansas Archeological Survey is a part of the University of Arkansas System. Our mission is to study and protect archeological sites in Arkansas, to preserve and manage information and collections from those sites, and to communicate what we learn to the people of Arkansas. Cooperative agreements with seven state university campuses, two state parks, the UA System’s Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, and the City of Blytheville enable scholars at eleven research stations around the state to carry out this mission. The Survey has been a model for statewide archeological programs in the United States and around the world.
Our coordinating office in Fayetteville is the Survey’s administrative body. The Director, the State Archeologist, the Survey registrar, the fiscal officer, administrative assistant, publications staff, and outreach programs operate from the CO. The registrar maintains a central archive of all archeological site records for the state. The coordinating office building also contains the University of Arkansas Collections Facility. The Survey acts as a repository for archeological collections originating from state and federally funded projects in Arkansas, our own research, private consulting firms, and donations. Also at the coordinating office are our sponsored research program (SRP) and computer services program (CSP) which support themselves in part through grants and contracts with local, state, and federal agencies, and with the business community. The CSP maintains several websites with educational information on Arkansas archeology and frequent updates about ongoing research projects. Our archaeogeophysical applications program is the newest addition to research capabilities centered at the coordinating office.
Professional archeologists at our research stations teach college courses in anthropology and assist their university museums, or develop materials for public interpretation at the state parks, in addition to conducting basic research in their areas. They, along with scholars at the coordinating office, are a living resource
for the people of Arkansas, serving the needs of cultural heritage education and preservation in many ways. Local, state, and federal governmental agencies, American Indian tribes, college students, school teachers and K-12 students, tourists, fellow scholars, landowners, amateur archeologists, and all Arkansas residents interested in the archeology, prehistory, and early history of the state are beneficiaries of the Survey’s programs and expertise.
At the Survey, science and service go hand-in-hand.
GUIDELINES for FIELDWORK & REPORTS and ARCHEOLOGICAL RECORDS FORMS are available on the REGISTRAR'S OFFICE page.
VIEWING the UNIVERSITY'S ARTIFACT COLLECTIONS
The Arkansas Archeological Survey Headquarters building has an Open Curation area where visitors can see nearly 2000 objects from the University of Arkansas Collection Facility. The area is open during regular business hours, 8AM to 5PM Monday through Friday. For information, call (479) 575-3556.
The University’s secure Curation area where most artifacts are held is visible through the foyer of the Survey Headquarters. Access to the collections for research and other purposes can be arranged through Mary Suter, curator of collections. For information about access to the secure area, call (479) 575-3456.