Tonics, Bitters, and Other Curatives: An Archaeology of Health at Hollywood Plantation

The Tunican Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society continues its Fall Speaker Series on Tuesday, October 2, when Dr. Jodi Barnes, the station archeologist at the University of Arkansas at Monticello Research Station, will talk about the ongoing research at Hollywood Plantation, or the Taylor House as it is also known.

Excavations at Hollywood Plantation, a 19th century plantation owned by the University of Arkansas at Monticello in southeast Arkansas, resulted in thousands of fragments of medicine bottles. Dr. Barnes will provide an overview of the methods used to analyze the commonplace glass artifacts and the information they can provide. From tonics increasingly marketed to women to bitters and syrups produced to treat all types of ailments, patent medicine bottles provide a lens into the changing ideas about health and healing and access to medical care in southeast Arkansas.

The talk will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources conference room on the University of Arkansas at Monticello. This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Jodi A. Barnes is a Research Station Archeologist with the University of Arkansas at Monticello Research Station of the Arkansas Archeological Survey. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from American University in Washington, DC and her Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies and B.A. in Anthropology from the University of South Carolina. Her research interests range from the plantation archeology to the archeology of the African diaspora to World War II Home Front Heritage.

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.

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