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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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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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