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Central Mississippi Valley Archeological Society presents 'The Carden Bottom Project' Feb. 17

Feb. 12, 2010 -- The Central Mississippi Valley Archeological Society (CMVAS) will present a lecture, “The Carden Bottom Project: From 11,000 Years Ago to 500 Years Ago,” on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m., in the ASU Museum's Room 182. Most recent meetings of the society have been held on Tuesdays or Thursdays. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The lecture will be presented by Dr. Leslie “Skip” Stewart-Abernathy, station archaeologist for the Arkansas Archaeological Society in cooperation with the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain, which sponsors educational programs in archeology in partnership with the Arkansas Archeological Survey.

The Carden Bottom area along the Arkansas River Corridor in Yell County, Arkansas, is renowned for late Mississippian pottery found by grave robbers during the Depression. Since 1990, the Arkansas Archeological Survey and the Arkansas Archeological Society have been doing survey and test excavations to answer basic questions about the Native American occupation of the area. To learn more about the site, the 2009 Arkansas Archeological Society/Survey Training program focused on features from the European Contact period, one of which was a large intact pit containing brass and glass beads, scrap iron, and Native American pottery and stone tools. Please join the society for this engaging lecture about one of Arkansas’ premier archaeological localities, light refreshments, and more information about participating in Arkansas archaeology.

New t-shirts in earth tones, printed by Creative Edge, will be available at the meeting as well. Purchasing t-shirts helps support all chapters of the Arkansas Archaeology Society. There will also be a bake sale to help raise funds for a radiocarbon date for Harter Knoll, a site the group has been investigating near Strawberry. 

For additional information, contact Dr. Julie Morrow, ASU station archaeologist, at 870-972-2071.


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