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Transitions…

Today is a little bit of a sad day for me. Today is Lydia Rees’ last day working at the Arkansas Archeological Survey. Two years ago Lydia (my wife) quit her CRM crew chief position and stepped into a grant-funded position at the last minute when I could not swing a tuition waiver for a […]

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Hidden Diversity

I’m happy to report that Historical Archaeology of Arkansas: A Hidden Diversity has just been published by the University of Tennessee Press.  This volume is edited by my friend, former student & colleague Dr. Carl Drexler and I could not be prouder.  The volume had its origins in a pair of conference symposia–one at the […]

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First 100 Days…

Time for an update…as many folks know, I have just made a huge change this summer…moving from Magnolia in southwestern Arkansas back to Fayetteville in the Ozark Mountains.  This has been a pretty stressful move, but it looks like many of the kinks are getting worked out. I have been the Arkansas Archeological Survey’s UAF […]

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Changes…or Station to Station…

Changes…or Station to Station…whichever David Bowie album fits my current liminal state.  In fact, It’s probably Station to Station as it is a transitional album…moving from the funk-inspired Young Americans to the “Thin White Duke” years…Like Bowie, I am in transition…moving from station to station…from the SAU Research Station in Magnolia, to the UAF Research […]

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Keynote: 2014 Arkansas Historical Association Conference

I am honored to have been chosen to give the Keynote Address at the 2014 Arkansas Historical Association meeting to be held in Historic Washington, Arkansas on April 3-5.  My talk will be entitled “Archeologies of the Home Front: Excavations at Historic Washington State Park” and will talk about the usefulness of historical archeology in […]

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Reversing the Narrative

This winter my article entitled “Reversing the Narrative of Hillbilly History: A Case Study Using Archaeology at Van Winkle’s Mill in the Arkansas Ozarks” was published in Historical Archaeology 47(3):36–51. The article was a part of a thematic issue co-edited by Paul Shackel and Michael Roller entitled “Reversing the Narrative” which examines the relationships between […]

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American Archaeology

This winter I was briefly quoted in American Archeology, the quarterly publication of the Archaeological Conservancy.  It was in an article about the Cliff Mining project mounted by Michigan Tech’s Industrial Heritage program I was asked about the project as a subject matter expert.  It was just a few lines…but I’m happy to congratulate MTU’s […]

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A Year In a Day: My Life as an Arkansas Archeological Survey Archeologist

My name is Jamie Brandon and I work for the Arkansas Archeological Survey (AAS). Last year, the 2012 Day of Archaeology caught me finishing up a large excavation I was directing at Historic Washington State Park.  This kind of thing (directing excavations) is what the public might expect an archaeologist to do.  This year, however, […]

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What the entire potlid would have looked like.

Bear Grease in the Bear State & The Power of Artifacts in Context

Its that time of year again…I’m getting together stuff for the next Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) meetings…this year they will be Jan 8-12 in Quebec City.  I am revisiting a topic at this year’s conference that I’ve taken a stab at before—a session on the interpretive power of a single artifact in a specific […]

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Southern Arkansas University’s “Big Picture”

Big thanks to the folks in Southern Arkansas University’s Communications Center for writing and posting a “Big Picture” faculty profile on me. For a while, a link to the piece was rotating on the header/banner on the SAU homepage, but you can read the whole article here: http://web.saumag.edu/2012/09/05/jamie_brando/ I know, I know…the picture with the […]

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