Each year the Arkansas Archeological Survey and Society sponsor Arkansas Archeology month. This year’s state-wide activities focus on the theme "The Archeology of Conflict." The month-long celebration features exhibits, lectures, demonstrations and other activities that are scheduled throughout the state at museums, historic sites, state parks, libraries, and colleges to celebrate this special month.

On Tuesday, March 1, at 7 p.m., the Arkansas River Valley Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. The program will be A Landscape of States’ Rights: A Look At The Confederate Cemetery In Fayetteville, by Duncan McKinnon, PhD candidate at UAF. The talk describes how Total Station mapping and geophysical prospecting contribute to a much more comprehensive story of the manipulation of political speech, ideological assertion, and contentious history in the commemoration of a major event in US history. The lecture will be presented at the Arkansas Tech Museum in Russellville. Museum exhibit galleries and the Museum Store will open at 6 p.m. 

On Saturday, March 5, the Arkansas Archeological Station at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute (WRI) on Petit Jean Mountain will hold an Open House from 10 am to 4 p.m. The event will feature stone tool-making demonstrations by Ben Swadley, Parkin Archeological Park Superintendant and renowned flint knapper. The day will also include artifact identification (but no appraisals), Civil War reenactors, and demonstrations of early weaponry, including atlatls and blowguns. A highlight of the Open House will be a special trebuchet demonstration by Boy Scout Troop 221 of Dardanelle. All activities are free of charge and located in the Teaching Barn at WRI. 

For more information, contact Dr. Skip Stewart-Abernathy at 501-727-6250 or sstewartabernathy@uawri.org.