On Saturday, October 1, archeologists and avocationalists from around the state will converge in El Dorado for presentations on the recent research on Hernando de Soto’s Cross at Parkin Archeological State Park and Elkins’ Ferry, a Civil War battlefield in Nevada County. Other presentations focus on the Ozark bluff shelters, Drew County’s Hollywood Plantation’s connections to Oldham County, Kentucky, the ongoing research at Historic Cane Hill in northwest Arkansas, and much more. There will also be a forum on community-based research, with its emphasis on engaging local communities in all aspects of the research process. Archeologists and historic preservationists will discuss their work with local and descendant community members and provide advice for people who are interested in developing similar projects. Panelists include: Dr. Stephen Silliman, University of Massachusetts,Boston; Tamela Tenpenny-Lewis, Preservation of African American Cemeteries; Dr. Jamie Brandon, Arkansas Archeological Survey, UAF Research Station; Dr. George Sabo, Arkansas Archeological Survey; and Rachel Silva, Preserve Arkansas. Registration for the full day of conference activities is $55.00.
Dr. Silliman, a Camden native is the keynote speaker. Dr. Silliman is a historical archeologist who studies the last 500+ years of Native America history and the social, political, and economic challenges they faced with the arrival of Europeans. He works with the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation, a Native American community in Connecticut that has persisted on its reservation lands since 1683 to do collaborative historical archaeology with, for, of, and by the Eastern Pequot. The keynote presentation will be held at 8 PM on Saturday, October 1 at the El Dorado Conference Center. It is free and open to the public.
Don Bragg, a member of the Arkansas Archeological Society, and a Research Forester at the Southern Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service will offer a Forestry and Archaeology Ethics workshop to foresters to help them meet their professional ethics requirements. The free 1.5 hour session will cover the areas of overlap between forestry and archeology, including critical issues related to ethics and forestry operations. The training is offered on Saturday, October 1 at 10:30 AM. It is free of charge, but attendees must pre-register to ensure seating is available.
To register or for more information, check out the Arkansas Archeological Society’s webpage: http://www.arkarch.org/index.php?pages/annmeet or contact Marilyn Knapp at 479-575-3557 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Dr. Stephen Silliman, Camden native and professor of anthropology to be the keynote speaker for the 2016 Arkansas Archeological Society Annual Meeting.