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Archaeology Dig 2008: Jones Mill, Arkansas

By October 25, 2007

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The Arkansas Archeological Survey and Arkansas Archeological Society will cosponsor a Training Program in Archaeology June 13-29, 2008, at the Jones Mill Site (3HS28) in Hot Spring County, Arkansas.

The annual Training Program and excavation has been conducted at various sites throughout Arkansas since 1972. The 2008 Training Program will be an investigation of Archaic Period novaculite stone tool manufacture and exchange. The Jones Mill Site, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, may have served as a home base during Middle and late Archaic periods for local groups of hunter-gatherers who worked novaculite from nearby quarries. The excavation will be important for studying Archaic-period lifeways in the middle Ouachita River valley and for documenting the role that novaculite tool production played locally and regionally.

No experience is necessary to participate, and both adults and children as young as 8 (accompanied by an adult) are welcome. Participants receive hands-on instruction in field methods and have the opportunity to enroll in week-long seminars on a variety of archeological topics. Minimum length of stay is 3 days. Fees and expenses vary depending on length of stay. Registration costs are estimated to be about $45-$65, and participants cover their own costs of room and board.

For more information, check the Arkansas Archeological Society web site, or contact Barbara Scott at bhscott@uark.edu, or 479-575-3556. Photographs for this blog were taken by Mary Beth Trubitt, project director.


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