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Bluff Shelters of the Arkansas Ozarks

One of the most interesting aspects of archeology in the Arkansas Ozarks is many dry bluff shelters and caves that have been intermittently occupied for 10,000 years.  The dry conditions created in these caves and shelters provide a rare glimpse of the kinds of artifacts that usually rot in the wet climate of the Southeastern […]

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Research, Preservation, Communication: Honoring Tom Green

I am proud to have a contribution in the newest publication in the Arkansas Archeological Survey Research Series—Research, Preservation, Communication: Honoring Thomas J. Green on His Retirement from the Arkansas Archeological Survey, edited by Mary Beth Trubitt. ARAS Research Series No. 67. My contribution is entitled “Regnat Populus: The Intersection of Historical Archeology Research and […]

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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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Chair of the Arkansas State Review Board

Yesterday I was elected as the new Chair of the State Review Board for Historic Preservation.  The SRB (that’s what we call it for short) is an advisory board to the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.  The SRB is charged with the review of National Register of Historical Places (NRHP) nominations and nomination appeals and to […]

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The Art and Mystery of Arkansas’s Historical Archeology

Dr. Leslie C. “Skip” Stewart-Abernathy Retires, June 30, 2015 After 38 years of service with the Arkansas Archeological Survey, Leslie C. Stewart-Abernathy―known to us as “Skip”―retired June 30, 2015. Skip was born Leslie C. Abernathy III on May 11, 1948, in Memphis, Tennessee. He grew up, however, in Jonesboro, Arkansas. In 1970, he received his […]

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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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