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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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President-elect, Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas

At the February Board meeting of the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas, I was voted in as President-elect of the organization. The HPAA is the only statewide nonprofit organization focused on preserving Arkansas’s architectural and cultural resources. Founded in 1981, the Alliance’s mission is to educate, advocate and assist preservation efforts across the state. Through […]

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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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One Year Anniversary…

This month is both the one year anniversary of my permanent arrival in Magnolia and the one year anniversary of the discovery of the theft of the Cedar Grove ceramic vessels from the AAS–SAU Research Station facility in the Bruce Center. I’ll be posting a one-year report to the blog in the next couple of […]

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In Arkansas:No Bullet Holes in Elvis

I don’t know if people outside of the state are aware that we in Arkansas have recently rediscovered the ivory-billed woodpecker (Nancy McCartney, curator of Zoology at the UofA Museum informs me that it is properly Campephilus principalis)–a bird that was thought to have been extinct since the 1940s. I, of course, found it amusing […]

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A Woman’s Work…

The Open Collections Program of Harvard University Library recently announced the completion of its first on-line collection: “Women Working, 1800-1930,” & it is promising, indeed. Featuring approximately 500,000 pages and images documenting women’s roles in theU.S. economy between 1800 and the Great Depression, including working conditions, conditions in the home, costs of living, recreation, health […]

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A Halloween Posting:The Mysterious Skull of William Wirt

William Wirt was born on November 8, 1772 at Blandensburg, Maryland and died February 18, 1834. He was a prominent lawyer in the early days of the republic, a statesman, and an author. Wirt acted as prosecutor in the conspiracy trial of Aaron Burr in 1807 and served as United States Attorney General from 1817 […]

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Archaeologists and Beer

I’ve always known that there is a deep connection between archaeologists and beer. My friend Greg Vogel has consistently informed his students that he has learned more about archaeology in bars (such as Fayetteville, Arkansas’ Maxinie’s Tap Room pictured below) “talking shop” with grizzled veterans of the discipline than he has ever learned in a […]

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