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Dugout canoes in Arkansas subject
of CMVAS lecture Dec. 1
Nov. 20, 2009 --
The Central Mississippi Valley Archeological Society will host a special
lecture Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m., in the ASU Museum, Room 182. Dr.
Jeffrey M. Mitchem of the Arkansas Archeological Survey's Parkin
Research Station will present "Dugout Canoes from Arkansas."
This lecture is free
and open to the public.
The rivers of Arkansas were the highways of the past, essential for
covering large distances in reasonable amounts of time. It has long been
assumed that the original Arkansans made and used wooden dugout canoes
for river transportation. In the late 1900s, three probable Caddo dugout
canoes were found in or near rivers south of Little Rock.
In 2008, a canoe was discovered in the St. Francis River in Cross
County. This is the only known dugout from northeast Arkansas. After
first proposing to date the canoe to the 1800s or even early 1900s, a
radiocarbon dating revealed that the canoe was Mississippian,
approximately 600 years old.
After some uncertainty about its ultimate fate, the canoe has traveled
to Illinois, where it is undergoing treatment for permanent
preservation. It will be incorporated into an exhibit at
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site,
Collinsville, Ill., where it will be seen by thousands of people for
years to come.
For more information contact Dr. Julie
Morrow at (870) 972-2071, or e-mail her at