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The Arkansas Archeology Minute

March is Archeology Month in Arkansas. Each day during March, you can hear an “Arkansas Archeology Minute” from myself and Marilyn Knapp on KUAF 91.3 FM, the University of Arkansas’s NPR affiliate. We got the idea from two places.  Unearthing Florida–a project of WUWF Public Media, the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN), and its founder, […]

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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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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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The new door sign at the AAS-SAU Research Station

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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The research territories of the 12 Arkansas Archeological Survey Research Stations.

2012 AAS-SAU Research Station Board of Advisors Meeting

I just returned today from my annual Board of Advisors meeting in Washington, Arkansas.  I think one of the interesting aspects of my job with the Arkansas Archeological Survey is that we actually have a mechanism that makes us responsible to our constituency—the Arkansas public…especially those interested in Arkansas archeology and state heritage. Each of […]

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The 1836 Hempstead County Courthouse is ever present during our work at Historic Washington State Park in Arkansas.

Professional, Avocational and Public Involvement in Archaeology in Arkansas

** This year I participated in the 2012 “Day of Archaeology” a massive blog-a-polooza wherein over 400 archaeologists blog about their day/discipline on une 29, 2012….below is a crossposting of my blog entry…you can find the original at ** This year’s “Day of Archaeology” finds me attempting to reorder my life just following the […]

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Artifacts bags filled and waiting processing in the field lab at 2007 Jones Mill excavations

Dirty Laundry: Cloth Artifact Bags in Arkansas

I have just finished doing the laundry for the 2012 Arkansas Archeological Society’s Summer Training Program…by that, I do not mean that  I have finished washing my field clothes…I mean that I’ve finished washing the artifact bags… What?!?, you say…I know, I know…this was a foreign practice to me until I moved to Arkansas in […]

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The Oxford Handbook of Public Archaeology

The Oxford Handbook of Public Archaeology, edited by Robin Skeates, Carol McDavid and John Carman, just came out last month (March, 2012)…I co-authored one of the chapters (Chapter 31: “Descent community partnering, the politics of time, and the logistics of reality: tales from North American, African diaspora, archaeology”)…but I have to confess, the volume ain’t […]

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Jamie Brandon screening with volunteer kids and park employees at Historic Washington State Park

Making Historical Archaeology Visible: Community Outreach and Education

If there’s one thing that the controversies surrounding the Diggers and American Digger reality shows have taught us, it’s that the general American public still does not know how to tell the difference between historical archaeologists, and the treasure hunters who are currently on their TV screens.  Furthermore, this lack of public knowledge helps to […]

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