The Arkansas Archeological Survey has produced a variety of materials to aid teachers in their instruction on Arkansas history and Native Americans. These materials include a teacher's packet, videos, slide sets, books, and exhibits. Please see below for information. Any suggestions on resources needed or any questions may be directed to the Survey at email@example.com.
Do you need information on the Indians or archeology of Arkansas? If so, then you need one of our Teacher Packets, which are chock full of useful information on the Indian tribes of Arkansas and the prehistory of the state. All of the contents are now available in downloadable Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format, on the Flyers & Handouts page.
Here's a sampling of the topics available in the teacher packets:
Indians of Arkansas Website
Our latest website features learning exercises covering Indian history from the earliest times to the present. The site takes an active learning approach, giving students an opportunity to learn historical and anthropological methods through direct study of original historical sources, including texts, maps, artworks, and archeological finds. This website evolved from our earlier First Encounters educational CD-ROM (which is no longer available).
"Tools of the Trade" Discovery Box
Ever felt the sharpness of a stone arrow point, or wondered at the workmanship of a bone fish hook? Let your students learn about the kinds of tools made and used by Arkansas's Indians in times past through this hands-on Discovery Box.
Objects in the box include: Hammerstone, dart point, stone knife, stone axe, digging stick, grooved abrader, pottery sherd, nutting stone, and pump drill, among others. Each Discovery Box comes with easy-to-read information and photos of tools in use.
"Arkansas: Crossroads of the Past" Series
The Arkansas Archeological Survey has developed several kinds of media under the "Crossroads of the Past" title that chronicle 12,000 years of Native American life in Arkansas. The series explores Native American cultures, beginning with the Ice Age, through hunting-and-gathering groups, to agriculturalists and modern survival. Native American lifeways and achievements are examined, including the invention of pottery and the bow-and-arrow, and the building and use of mounds. Included in the series are:
Slide Sets, Videos, and Exhibits
"History Under Ground: Historical Archeology in Arkansas" is a 32-slide set with accompanying narrative that examines the role of historical archeology in interpreting the recent past. Photos of excavations, historic artifacts, and associated archival documents illustrate the relevance and context that historical archeology brings to the understanding of Arkansas history. The slide set may be borrowed from the Arkansas Humanities Resource Center (501-221-0093).
The Humanities Resource Center also has other videos and exhibits about archeology and Native Americans. Contact them for a full list of their resources.
Archeological Parks in Arkansas
Arkansas has two archeological parks that you can visit with your classes. Toltec Mounds, located near Little Rock, preserves a prehistoric site of the Plum Bayou culture from about AD 650-1050. The Parkin Site, west of Memphis, preserves a late Mississippi period town that may have been visited by de Soto in 1541. Both parks have visitor centers with exhibits and offer a range of educational programs and tours. For information, call Toltec Mounds at 501-961-9442; call Parkin at 870-755-2500.
Learn more about these and other archeological parks on the Archaeological Parks in the U.S. website.
Books: Popular Series
The Arkansas Archeological Survey currently has three books in their Popular Series. They can be ordered directly from the Survey by calling 479-575-3556 or by using the order form link below.
ROCK ART IN ARKANSAS
Arkansas possesses one of the richest concentrations of rock art in eastern North America, with human, animal, geometric, and abstract motifs rendered as carved and pecked petroglyphs, painted pictographs, or combination forms on the walls and ceilings of caves, rock shelters, cliff faces, and free-standing boulders. This volume is the ﬁrst attempt to present an up-to-date overview of archeological knowledge about this important Arkansas cultural resource, with chapters on style and typology dating and archeological context, cultural landscape, and other topics. The book is designed to be accessible to general readers, yet useful for professional and student archeologists seeking a glimpse of the worldview of Arkansas’ former inhabitants as it was expressed through this enduring and fascinating art form.
OF OUR CHILDREN: Historic Indians
OF THE PAST: 12,000 Years of Indian
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