Archeology Month in Arkansas

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Jill M. Rohrbach
March is Archeology Month in Arkansas. Here are three great programs for those of you with a little Indiana Jones inside of you.

Rock House Cave Hike
Meet an  interpreter at Petit Jean State Park near Morrilton for a hike down to Rock House Cave, the park’s archeology site. View ancient, mysterious rock art, and try to imagine what life was like for the Native Americans who created it. This hike is one mile long and includes bumpy terrain. It’s free and takes place from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on March 16 and 23.

Call 501-727-5441 or email for more information. (*Note Mather Lodge Guest Rooms and Arkansas Room Closed Temporarily. Cabins and campsites open though.) 

Arkansas Archeological Society Training Program
Arkansas State Archeologist emerita Hester Davis will present “So You Always Wanted to Be an Archeologist,” on Wednesday, March 17 at noon at the Shiloh Museum in Springdale. Her talk will focus on the Arkansas Archeological Society’s training program for amateur archeologists.

In 1967, Hester Davis became Arkansas’s first state archeologist, a position she held for 32 years until her retirement in 1999. She also taught in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arkansas, creating and teaching a course in Public Archaeology.

Mississippian Indian Headpots
James Cherry, author of “The Headpots of Northeast Arkansas and Southern Pemiscot County, Missouri,” will discuss his book at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 27 at the Shiloh Museum in Springdale. According to Cherry, “Head pots are a rare form of pre-historic Native American pottery found almost exclusively in northeast Arkansas and the adjacent boot heel region of Missouri. They are distinguished from other native North American pottery in that the entire vessel is molded into the general shape of a human head.”

The museum is located at the corner of Johnson and Main in downtown Springdale. For more information, call 750-8165.
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