The Survey’s research station in Magnolia is located on the Southern Arkansas University campus, where the station archeologist teaches in the School of Liberal and Performing Arts. The station is also helping to develop a new Southern Arkansas Museum on the campus. The SAU research station is responsible for the archeological resources of 11 counties in southwestern Arkansas. Station territory stretches from the southern edge of the Ouachita Mountains to the Arkansas/Louisiana state line, and incorporates the Great Bend region of the Red River. Among the important sites in SAU station territory are Crenshaw, the earliest known Caddo ceremonial center, and Historic Washington State Park, an antebellum town restored and interpreted by Arkansas State Parks and the Pioneer Washington Restoration Foundation.
Dr. Carl Drexler, SAU Magnolia Station Archeologist
Dr. Carl Drexler, SAU Magnolia Station Archeologist

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Carl G. Drexler (Ph.D., College of William and Mary, 2013), the SAU Research Station Archeologist, has been working in Arkansas since 2001 on domestic and military sites, including the battlefield of Pea Ridge. He has worked as an archeologist for the National Park Service, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and the United States Army. He has field experience in eight states and three foreign countries. Major research interests include conflict archeology, spatial analysis, historical archeology of the U.S. South and Midwest, Cuban archeology, terrestrial and aerial laser scanning (LiDAR), and the history and ethnography of sports in the United States, primarily baseball and hockey. His publications include articles in the SAA Archaeological Record and Arkansas Historical Quarterly, and a book chapter on spatial analysis in conflict archeology, in addition to a number of reports.
SAU Station Assistant Fiona Taylor
SAU Station Assistant Fiona Taylor

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Fiona Taylor is from Abilene, Texas, but is excited to work in Arkansas as the Southern Arkansas University Research Station Assistant. She received her B.A. in Anthropology and minor in Recreation Parks and Tourism Sciences, with a focus in Parks and Natural Resource Management, from Texas A&M University in 2015. Fiona has been a member of the Arkansas Archaeological Society for many years and has volunteered in various regions throughout the state. She enjoys learning about different cultures and the environment and plans to pursue these interests at the graduate level.
Anthony Clay Newton (B.A., Southern Arkansas University, 2004) is a Magnolia native and a professional archeological technician who has worked for various cultural resource management companies on projects in Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Mississippi. Newton is interested in the archeology and history of southwestern Arkansas and the Ark-La-Tex region. He is also an accomplished photographer.

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Dr. Carl Drexler, Station Archeologist
Email: cdrexler@uark.edu
(870) 235-4230

Fiona Taylor, Station Assistant
Email: fmt001@uark.edu

Arkansas Archeological Survey
100 East University
MSC 9381
Magnolia, AR 71753

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Stolen Cedar Grove vessel
 
THEFT ALERT: Twenty-seven pots were stolen from the SAU Research Station in 2006. Click here for a PDF list of the stolen items.
If you have information pertaining to the whereabouts of any of these items, please contact the Survey at (870) 235-4230.