Iconography, as seen in preserved textiles and basketry, will be the topic of Dr. Elizabeth Horton’s discussion at the December 2 meeting of the Tunican Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society on the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus.

Dr. Horton’s presentation is entitled “God Baskets & Ancestors’ Shrouds: Motifs and Iconography in the Sacred & Ceremonial Textiles and Basketry of Southeastern Societies.”

While sites such as the Ozark Plateau Bluff shelters in Arkansas and Spiro Mounds in Oklahoma have long been known for yielding remarkably well-preserved textiles and basketry, these materials have largely not been given much attention in Southeastern archaeology. Horton’s research focuses on the production, use, and stylistic aspects of these perishable materials. This talk defines the social and ceremonial roles of select types of textiles and basketry, and integrates them into a broader body of Southeastern iconographic research that includes ceramics, rock art, and other media.

Elizabeth Horton

Dr. Elizabeth Horton

Dr. Horton became the Archeologist at the Toltec Mounds Research Station in 2011, but she had been working in Arkansas for some time before that. She completed her Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis in 2010 with an Arkansas‐related dissertation topic—The Ties that Bind; Prehistoric Fabric Production and Fiber Use in the Ozark Plateau.

The meeting will be held on December 2 at 6 p.m. at the Wesley Foundation on the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus. This meeting of the Tunican Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society is a potluck. Food will be served at 6 p.m. and the presentation will start at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.