Iconography, as seen in preserved textiles and basketry, will be the topic of Dr. Elizabeth Horton’s discussion at the May 5 meeting of the Tunican Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society on the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus.

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. Come hear about iconography, plants, fabric and the prehistoric women who made them on May 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Forest Resources Building at UAM.

The Tunican Chapter is a chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society dedicated to fostering the public’s interest in the preservation of the past and encouraging scientific investigation of our cultural heritage.

This event is free and open to the public.