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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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Parker Westbrook, 1926-2015

Yesterday afternoon, Thursday, November 19, 2015, Parker Westbrook passed away. If you ever met Parker Westbrook you know that he was an Arkansan through and through with roots deep in southwest Arkansas. His home in Nashville and Washington, Arkansas was very dear to him. Robert McCord said in the Arkansas Times that he had “worked […]

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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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Preserve Arkansas

I’m half-way through my term as President of the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas and one of the biggest transitions for the organization has just happened…pretty quietly.  The Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas is now known as simply Preserve Arkansas.  This is a branding change that has been underway for two years–since we did our […]

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Vernon R. Perry, 1933-2015

Vernon R. Perry, 82, of Magnolia, Arkansas, died Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at the John R Williamson Hospice House in El Dorado. Vernon was born June 9, 1933 in Walkerville in Columbia County. He was an amateur radio operator for 60 years (Call Sign: K5MEB) and a Columbia County reserve deputy for 25 years. Vernon […]

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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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Arkansas Humanties Council

This fall I have been elected to the Arkansas Humanities Council’s Board of Directors (I will start my term in January 2015).  I am excited about this as I have been involved in many, many AHC grants in the past–including serving as a humanities scholar on a large number of projects to document endangered African-American […]

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