The Tunican Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society will begin its Fall Speaker Series on September 4 when Chelsea Cinotto, station assistant at the Henderson State University Research Station of the Arkansas Archeological Survey will talk about research at a Caddo site in the Ouachita Mountains.

The program titled, “Uncovering a Pit at Caddo Hills” will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 6:30 PM in the School of Forestry and Natural Resources conference room on the UAM campus. The event is free and open to the public.

In June of 1973, the Arkansas Archeological Survey at Henderson State University, led by Dr. Ann Early, was called after bulldozer stripping uncovered artifacts and features at Caddo Hills (3MN22). Dr. Early, with help from Arkansas Archeological Society volunteers, quickly salvaged the uncovered features before they were destroyed. Excavation revealed an undisturbed Native American pit filled with artifacts. The recovered material was recently inventoried with the help of volunteers at the HSU Research Station. Artifact analysis shows that the pit was filled with midden material in the Late Mississippian period.

Caddo Hills is one of many Late Caddo sites in the Ouachita Mountains, as seen through comparisons with the Standridge, Dragover, Adair, and Poole sites. The similarities with Standridge and Dragover indicate the pit was filled during the later part of the Buckville phase, during the late 1400s to early 1500s A.D.

Chelsea Cinotto

Chelsea Cinotto joined the Arkansas Archeological Survey in February 2017. She earned a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Oklahoma in 2013 and an M.A. in Archaeology from the University of Reading, England, in 2014. She has experience working for the Oklahoma Archeological Survey, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

The Tunican Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society is a group of people interested in the archeology and history of Arkansas. Members work with the UAM Research Station of the Arkansas Archeological Survey to document and preserve Arkansas’s cultural heritage and to foster and encourage interest in the preservation of sites and artifacts. The Chapter holds a monthly speaker series on the first Tuesday of each month through the Fall 2018 semester. These events are also sponsored by the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Monticello and the UAM Research Station of the Arkansas Archeological Survey.

For more information contact Dr. Jodi Barnes at [email protected] or 870-460-1290.