The Jonesboro research station is located on the Arkansas State University campus, where the station archeologist teaches in the Department of Criminology, Sociology, Geology and Social Work. The ASU research station territory includes 15 counties of northeastern Arkansas. American Indian cultural development from 12,000 b.c. to historic times and early Euroamerican settlements are represented in the archeological record. Among the well-known sites are the Dalton period Sloan site—the oldest known cemetery in North America—and the King Mastodon, which was featured in National Geographic magazine. A large number of sites date from the scientifically critical transition that occurred about 10,000 years ago between the Ice Age (Pleistocene) and modern (Holocene) climatic regimes. Geographically, the ASU station incorporates the eastern border of the Ozark Plateau and the vast lowland areas of the Mississippi River basin and its tributaries. Station territory thus provides ideal natural laboratories for the study of diverse adaptations in Arkansas prehistory.
Juliet Morrow (Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis, 1996) is the Survey’s Research Station Archeologist for ASU/Jonesboro, and Research Professor of Anthropology, University of Arkansas – Fayetteville. Prior to joining the Survey in 1997, she had a position with the Office of the State Archeologist of Iowa’s Highway Archeology Program, and worked for various private research firms and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Morrow’s background in earth sciences provides expertise in geoarcheology, geomorphology, and site formation processes. Much of her archeological research has focused on the Paleoindian period and multidisciplinary studies of hunter-gatherer lifeways, stone tool technology, and Pleistocene/Early Holocene ecology.
Brandy Dacus (M.S., The University of Memphis) is the new Senior Assistant at the ASU Jonesboro Research Station beginning April 2016. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University, she worked in Cultural Resource Management in many Southeastern states and pursued graduate studies at the University of Memphis and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. While a graduate student, she had the opportunity to co-instruct several field schools at the Castalian Springs and Kincaid Mound centers. Her research interests include leadership strategies, architecture, and iconography of late prehistoric Mississippian societies in the Southeast.