Arkansas Archeology Month

March is Archeology Month in Arkansas. The Arkansas Archeological Survey, Arkansas Archeological Society and other organizations all over the state host events for the public to learn about and interact with the archeology of Arkansas. 

The archeological record in Arkansas spans over 12,000 years with one of the country's oldest cemeteries and three archeology focused state parks in our state. In March we celebrate and promote this history through hands-on activities, presentations, excavations, job panels and artifact identification events.

"Arkansas Archeology Month is one of my favorite times of the year," said Michelle Rathgaber, educational outreach coordinator with the Arkansas Archeological Survey. "Our professional archeologists get a chance to really engage with the public through a variety of events meant to remind people about the incredible and amazingly long history of our state. It is always a great reminder of how much people love archeology and Arkansas and what a treat it is for everyone to get to talk about it with other enthusiastic people." 

Everyone is invited to participate in Arkansas Archeology Month. You can find events taking place throughout the state on the events calendar on the survey's website and in brochures that can be found at libraries, museums and survey research stations. We hope to see you at an event this March!

The Arkansas Archeological Survey was established by statute in 1967 to study Arkansas' past, to preserve and manage information about archeological sites and to share this knowledge with the public. The survey maintains 10 research stations staffed by doctoral-level archeologists distributed across Arkansas, as well as a coordinating office in Fayetteville also managing more than 7 million artifacts in the Arkansas Archeological Survey holdings. The Arkansas Archeological Survey is part of the U of A System.

The Arkansas Archeological Society was formed in 1960 for the purpose of uniting all persons interested in the archeology of Arkansas, for the recognition and preservation of our cultural heritage and prehistory, and for fostering and encouraging the public's interest in the preservation of the past. Learn more about the Arkansas Archeological Society.

Contacts

Michelle Rathgaber, educational outreach coordinator
Arkansas Archeological Survey
479-575-3961, mmrathga@uark.edu

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