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A full slate of guest speakers, an opportunity to have your collectables identified by regional archeologists and geologists, and a field trip to World War II Japanese Internment sites in Southeast Arkansas are among the Tunican Chapter of Arkansas Archeological Society’s schedule of fall events, according to a news release from Dr. Jodi Barnes, an Arkansas Archeological Survey station archeologist at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

Speakers will discuss a range of topics including the documentation of historic cemeteries, heritage tourism, and the archaeology of the Ouachita Mountains.

The first speaker, LaRhonda Mangrum, will talk about her work documenting cemeteries in Southeast Arkansas. Mangrum, a district coordinator of the Arkansas Gravestones Project, has documented more than 100 cemeteries in Ashley, Chicot and Drew counties.

In October, the Tunican Chapter will host an “Artifact ID Day” at the University of Arkansas at Monticello Station Lab on the UAM campus. Dr. John House, an Arkansas Archeological Survey station archeologist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Dr. Jamie Brandon, an Arkansas Archeological Survey station archaeologist Southern Arkansas University, and Dr. James Edson, director of the Turner Neal Museum of Natural History at UAM will join the Tunican Chapter to identify and classify prehistoric or historic artifacts.

In November, the Tunican Chapter will host a field trip to the new Japanese American Interment Museum in McGehee, and World War II Heritage sites in Jerome and Rohwer.

Fall Schedule of Events:

September 3 – History Written in Stone: Recording the Cemeteries of Southeast Arkansas
LaRhonda Mangrum, Arkansas Gravestones Project;
Forest Resources Building, Conference Room, UAM, 6:30 p.m.

October 1 – Selling the South: the Complications of Tourism and Heritage
Dr. Jodi Skipper, University of Mississippi;
Forest Resources Building, Conference Room, UAM, 6:30 p.m.

October 19 – Artifact ID Day
Bring your collections for regional archeologists and geologists to identify.
UAM Station Office, Monticello – 1-3 p.m.

October 23 – Lab Night
Interested in what has been found in Southeast Arkansas?
Help us re-box our collections;
UAM Station Office, Monticello – 6-7:30 PM

November 2 – Field Trip: Japanese American Internment in Southeast Arkansas
Visit Arkansas’ World War II heritage sites in Jerome and Rohwer and the new Japanese American Interment Museum in McGehee;
Meet at UAM Station Office at 10:30 AM.

November 5 – Ancient Ouachita Mountains Lifeways: From Domestication to De Soto
Dr. Mary Beth Trubitt, Arkansas Archeological Survey – Henderson State University;
Forest Resources Building, Conference Room, UAM – 6:30 p.m.

November 20 – Lab Night
Interested in what has been found in Southeast Arkansas?
UAM Station Office, Monticello – 6-7:30 p.m.

December 3 – Party. Speaker to be announced.

The Tunican Chapter is one of seven chapters of the Arkansas Archeological Society, an organization of some 700 citizens interested in archeology.

The Arkansas Archeological Survey Survey is a state agency dedicated to the conservation and research of the state’s heritage and communication of this information to the public. The UAM station, which includes Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Cleveland, Desha, Drew and Lincoln counties, is one of 11 Arkansas Archaeological Survey stations located around the state and works closely with the Tunican Chapter.

As the UAM station archeologist, Dr. Jodi Barnes provides a variety of services to the general public, educational institutions, and state and federal agencies. This often involves working with amateur archaeologists, identifying artifacts, helping landowners identify archaeological remains, providing public lectures, writing about Arkansas archaeology, and doing other public outreach activities.

For more information, call UAM station assistant, Jessica Howe at 870-460-1090 or e-mail her at [email protected]