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including guidelines, site forms, and associated documents can be found on the Registrar's web page.

The Arkansas State Archeologist is Dr. Ann M. Early, whose office is located in Fayetteville at the Arkansas Archeological Survey. The duties of the State Archeologist involve all aspects of public archeology from site reporting, to liaison with public agencies, to public education.

The State Archeologist works closely with the Arkansas Archeological Society on such projects as the annual Society Dig and Training Program and Arkansas Archeology Month.

She oversees the Survey's Education Program, which produces a variety of educational materials, such as books, exhibits, and informational flyers for teachers, students, and the general public.

The State Archeologist nominates Arkansas sites to the National Register of Historic Places and can provide information on reporting sites in Arkansas. Information on state laws pertaining to archaeological sites in Arkansas can also be obtained from her office.

To contact the State Archeologist:


Ann M. Early
2475 N. Hatch Ave.
Fayetteville, AR 72704
Fax: 479-575-5453




History of the State Archeologist

The position of State Archeologist was created as part of the legislation establishing the Arkansas Archeological Survey in 1967, and Hester A. Davis was appointed to the position.

As there was no job description in the bill, the duties and responsibilities of the position grew and changed as the Survey grew and changed, and as experience dictated. Early on, a division of labor was established between the Director of the Survey and the State Archeologist. The Director handled fiscal matters, contact with University administration and the state legislature, personnel and policy matters, and administration of the Sponsored Research Program and Computer Services Program.

The State Archeologist handled administration of the Survey Coordinating Office, Research Stations, and Registrar's Office, and served as editor of the Survey publications program.

The State Archeologist also worked closely with the Arkansas Archeological Society, directing the development of the Training Program for Amateur Archeologists, and serving as editor and treasurer for the Society. On the national scene, the State Archeologist was involved in the development and promotion of public archeology, through work on federal legislation and participation in professional societies and conferences.

From about 1972 to 1987, the State Archeologist acted as the archeological review-and-compliance person for the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), reviewing federal projects and reports resulting from archeological work under contract. In 1987, with the hiring of an archeologist to handle compliance work in the SHPO office, this function was transferred to Little Rock.

In June 1999, Hester Davis retired as State Archeologist. The position will continue to grow and evolve under the second and current State Archeologist, Dr. Ann M. Early.



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