Dr. Mary Beth Trubitt

Are you interested in archeology? If so, come learn about the Arkansas Archeological Society’s annual training program on November 5 at 6:30 PM in the UAM School of Forest Resources Conference Center.

Dr. Mary Beth Trubitt, will be discussing highlights of the Arkansas Archeological Society’s 2013 training program excavations at 3MN298. The program was held in Montgomery County on the Ouachita National Forest.

Trubitt will talk about this cooperative project that brought together a team of over 120 people from the Arkansas Archeological Society, the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, and the Arkansas Archeological Survey for field and lab activities in June.

Excavations at the site on the Ouachita River revealed artifacts diagnostic of the Middle Archaic (circa 6000-5000 B.C.), Woodland (circa 1000-0 B.C.), and Mississippian (circa 1500-1600 A.D.) periods. The stone artifacts consist of a wide variety of lithic materials from throughout the Ouachita Mountains.

“We uncovered cultural features such as clusters of fire-cracked rock, a large refuse pit, and post stains in five of the six excavation areas,” Trubitt said. “In one area, we found a portion of a house, seen as a line of circular dark stains from the wall posts. Based on artifact associations it is most likely part of the 16th century Caddo community.”

Trubitt is an archeologist for the Arkansas Archeological Survey and research professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Arkansas. Based at the Survey’s Henderson State University Research Station since 2000, she conducts research, teaches and mentors university students, and works with members of the interested public.

Her archaeological research includes investigating craft production and exchange in marine shell, chipped stone, and ceramics in Archaic to Mississippian period contexts in eastern North America. Recent projects have involved excavations and analyses of Caddo mounds and structures at several sites in west-central Arkansas. Trubitt earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Northwestern University in 1996.

For more information call Jessica Howe at (870) 460-1090 or e-mail her at [email protected]