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Archeological Society presents 'The Toltec Mounds Site' March 11 for
Arkansas Archeology Month
2010 -- The Central
Mississippi Valley Archeological Society (CMVAS) will present a special
Arkansas Archeology Month presentation, “The
Toltec Mounds Site: An Ancient Ceremonial Center in Central Arkansas”
on Thursday, March 11, at 7 p.m. in the ASU Museum's Room 182.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
The lecture will be presented by Dr. Jane
Anne Blakney-Bailey, station archaeologist for the
Archeological Survey, Toltec Mounds State Park. Dr. Blakney-Bailey
will also discuss the two-week training program for 2010.
Between A.D. 650 and 1050, the Toltec Mounds site was one of the most
important ceremonial centers in the southeastern United States. At its
political peak, the site displayed 18 mounds and a mile-long earthen
embankment that surrounded three-fourths of the site.These earthen
monuments, one mound as tall as 50 feet, were constructed by people of
the Plum Bayou culture, most of who lived along the waterways of central
and east-central Arkansas. The site is believed to have been permanently
occupied by a small group of elite political and religious leaders and
was probably visited by the outlying population on special astronomical
observances such as the solstices and equinoxes.
This Arkansas Archeological Society Training Program, an annual two-week
training program, will be conducted at Toltec Mounds this June. The
locations of the excavations will be determined by recent archeological
and geophysical research, which have yielded tantalizing clues about the
whereabouts of ancient structures at this important ceremonial center.
For additional information, contact
Dr. Julie Morrow, ASU station archaeologist, at 870-972-2071.
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