[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The first reference to Blues music was in 1901 when an archeologist in the Mississippi Delta described the songs of African American excavators and a Black cowboy discovered the oldest archeological site linking early man with extinct mammals. These and other little known facts regarding the contributions made by African Americans within the field of archeology have largely gone unacknowledged.
From the Smithsonian’s earliest excursions to identify the Mound Builders to the systematic investigations of the Lower Mississippi Survey, African Americans played a pivotal role in unearthing the prehistoric cultures of the Southeast.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers District Archeologist Rodney Parker, the scheduled speaker at the Tunican Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society meeting on February 4, will highlight the role African Americans have played in early American archeology.
Having received his MA in Anthropology from the University of Mississippi, Rodney Parker is the District Archeologist at the U.S Army Corps of Engineers in Little Rock. This position has him serve as the district expert and authoritative source of information in matters pertaining to archeology, anthropology, history and cultural resource management. He establishes and independently manages the work program for Planning, Environmental and Regulatory Division staff on cultural resources issues and studies of the district including all planning, engineering, real estate or construction-operations actions. He also serves as the Little Rock district’s primary contact for tribal governments by providing leadership and direction to the commander to establish and promote effective working relationships on a government to government basis among federally recognized tribes.
The February 4 program will open with a business meeting at 6:30 p.m., followed immediately by Parker’s presentation. The program will be held in the conference room of the Forest Resources Complex on the University of Arkansas-Monticello campus. The meeting is open to the public.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image image=”27547″ img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row]