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Arkansas Archeological Society (AAS)

The Arkansas Archeological Society (AAS) offers a wide range of opportunities for those interested in Arkansas heritage. Members of the Society receive training in archeological methods from Arkansas Archeological Survey archeologists and serve as valuable volunteers to assist the Survey on archeological research projects, both in the field and the laboratory. The Society works with the Survey on preservation activities and public outreach programs, and co-sponsors the annual Training Program in archeology. The membership generally numbers around 600.

The Society has seven local chapters that hold regular monthly meetings. In addition, some chapters hold "lab nights" so members can help in the laboratory processing of artifacts. Chapters also have occasional fieldwork opportunities. Active Society chapters include: Arkansas River Valley Chapter (Petit Jean), Arkoma Chapter (Ft. Smith), Central Mississippi Valley Chapter (Jonesboro), Kadohadacho Chapter (Magnolia), Ko-ko-ci Chapter (Fayetteville), Ouachita Chapter (Hot Springs), Toltec Chapter (Little Rock), and the Tunican Chapter (Monticello).

Every September, the Society holds an Annual Meeting where professional and avocational archeologists get together to share information about the heritage of Arkansas. Papers are presented, a silent auction is offered, and a book room containing numerous publications on Arkansas archeology and history is available. In the evening, a banquet dinner is held where participants can listen and interact with nationally renowned speakers. The first meeting was held at Petit Jean Mountain in 1960.

In the summer, the Society holds a Training Program in archeology where individuals interested in archeology can gain experience in all phases of archeological excavation, site survey, and laboratory processing under professional supervision. This program began in 1964 as an annual activity of the Arkansas Archeological Society under the direction of archeologists at the University of Arkansas Museum. Since 1967 the program has been under the supervision of the Arkansas Archeological Survey's archeologists.

The Training Program lasts two weeks each summer and is held at various sites in order to carry out research throughout Arkansas and to provide Society members with varied archeological experiences. Evening lectures are offered on a variety of topics during the program. Usually between 90 and 100 people participate.

Publications of the Society include an annual journal (The Arkansas Archeologist), a newsletter that is published six times a year (Field Notes), and web site. The organization's website (www.arkarch.org) relates current programs, information about the Training Program, and other announcements. All members of the Arkansas Archeological Society are encouraged to submit articles for the AAS journal and/or newsletter. As a benefit of membership in the Society, members receive the newsletter and annual journal.

For more information about AAS see www.arkarch.org or call 479-575-3556

          

 

 

 

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