We got the idea from two places. Unearthing Florida—a project of WUWF Public Media, the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN), and its founder, Dr. Judith Bense…and from my involvement with the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission which partnered with UALR Public Radio KUAR 89.1 FM in producing a series of Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Minutes.
I originally pitched the idea to the Arkansas Archeological Society back in 2007-2008 with the idea that Hester Davis, the co-founder of the Arkansas Archeological Survey, could be the voice of the program…with her distinctive New England accent. That pitch did not get very far…Luckily, however, my colleague Marilyn Knapp revived the idea this year and sold it to KUAF’s Director of Operations, Pete Hartman.
The original idea was for me to write the one-minute blurbs and for Marilyn to read them…but in the end, we ended up sharing the load…with Marilyn contributing a few of scripts (the Arkansas Archeological Society, the Training Program and the Survey/Society relationship, etc.), and I reading about 1/3 of the programs.
They were hard to write, but fun to record…and it has me thinking about the idea of starting an Arkansas Archeology Survey pod-cast…
You can hear the Arkansas Archeology Minute during Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, Ozarks at Large, All Things Considered and Fresh Air in March. There will be 31 different episodes in all. If you missed an episode, or you want to hear one again, KUAF is archiving the Archeology Minute here: