The Tunican Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society will offer a cordage workshop on October 3.

The program will start with a short presentation on experimental archeology by Dr. Jodi Barnes, then participants will learn to make cordage or rope from plant fibers.

Since archeologists can neither ask or observe how ancient peoples made or used tools, archeologists do experiments to learn how people made things, like stone tools, pottery, or cordage. Cordage artifacts are seldom found in southeast Arkansas sites, because they decay in the humid climate and acidic soils. But archeology in the bluff shelters of northwest Arkansas show that people made cordage from a variety of plant fibers including milkweed, dogbane, and rattlesnake master. They used this cordage to make fishing nets, decorate pottery, tie together support beams for their houses, and make bags, baskets, sandals, and countless other crafted items.

During the workshop, participants will try their hand at experimental archeology and learn how to make cordage from plant fibers.

The workshop will be held at the UAM Research Station Lab in Rm 117 of the Visual & Performing Arts Bldg. Rm 117 on the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus.

Attendance is free and open to the public, but space is limited. For more information and to register, contact Jodi Barnes at [email protected] or 870-460-1290.