Archeologists know it to be true: it’s not what you find, it’s what you find out.
Myths, Legends, and the Nitty Gritty
Tim Mulvihill, archeologist with the Arkansas Archeological Survey, and Tom Wing, assistant professor of history and director of the historical interpretation program at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, team up to discuss archeological and historical research being conducted at the Drennen-Scott House in Van Buren, Arkansas. John Drennen was a founder of Van Buren, politician, Indian agent, landowner and businessman. Built in 1836, the Drennen-Scott House sits on 26 acres of land purchased by the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith from the descendants of John Drennen and Charles Scott.
Native American Rock Art in Northwest Arkansas
Dr. George Sabo III, archeologist with the Arkansas Archeological Survey and professor of anthropology at the University of Arkansas, shares examples of pictographs and petroglyphs found at sites in Northwest Arkansas that give us insight into the lives of the pre-Columbian Indians who were in this area.
How to Be an Archeologist
Arkansas's State Archeologist emerita Hester Davis discusses the Arkansas Archeological Society’s training program for amateur archeologists. In 1967, Davis became Arkansas’s first state archeologist, a position she held for 32 years until her retirement in 1999. She was also a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arkansas, creating and teaching a course in Public Archeology.
Visiting a Dig
We tag along on a school tour of the excavations at the 1871 Shiloh Meeting Hall, conducted by Jerry Hilliard, field supervisor for the Arkansas Archeological Survey. You'll hear interview with archeologists, volunteers, and museum staff about the history of the building, the archeology, and the renovations, and get predictions on what might be discovered.
Arkansas Cemeteries and Archeology
Kathleen Cande is senior project archeologist with the Arkansas Archeological Survey. In this program, she describes the Survey's work to document and preserve historic Arkansas cemeteries.