The UAM research station is located on the University of Arkansas campus in Monticello, where the station archeologist teaches anthropology courses in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Station territory covers seven counties in southeastern Arkansas -- Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Cleveland, Desha, Drew and Lincoln Counties. This portion of the state consists of landforms deposited by the ancestral Arkansas and Mississippi rivers and their tributaries and contains numerous small to moderate habitation sites and occasional mound and/or mortuary centers of the later prehistoric and protohistoric periods. Several mound sites are mentioned in the reports of Victorian era archeologists, such as Edward Palmer. To the west are uplands of the West Gulf Coastal Plain, dissected by the Saline-Ouachita drainage and its tributaries. This area contains some older Archaic period sites as well as the later sequence. Among many significant sites in station territory, the small Lake Enterprise Mound is affiliated with the famous Poverty Point culture and is the oldest known Indian mound in Arkansas. At the opposite end of the time scale are the Taylor/Hollywood Plantation 1840s log house, a National Register site, and Lakeport Plantation in Chicot County, Arkansas’s sole remaining pre-Civil War plantation mansion on the Mississippi Delta.
The UAM research station provides a variety of public outreach activities. They work closely with the Tunican Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society and offer opportunities for people to get actively involved in archeological projects in the lab and in the field. They also provide lectures and other outreach activities for ages 8 and up. Our discovery box, dig boxes, and mock excavation activities introduce young people to Arkansas archeology through hands-on-activities. Ever felt the sharpness of a stone arrow point, or wondered at the workmanship of a bone fish hook? The discovery box is a way to learn about the kinds of tools made and used by Arkansas's Native Americans in times past. The Tunican Chapter and the UAM research station recently published the book, Behind the scenes of Hollywood: Science and problem solving at Hollywood Plantation. The activity book written for students 13 and up includes an overview of archeology and hands on activities to get you thinking like an archeologist. To request a copy of the book or to schedule a public program, contact the UAM research station.
In the Media
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Day of Archaeology
July 28, 2017
Project Archaeology and Archaeological Education in Arkansas
Day of Archaeology
July 28, 2016
Local archeologist recognized at Arkansas Historical Association
April 25, 2016
4-H Youth dig archaeology in southeast Arkansas
Article in the publication Arkansas Land & Life,
University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences
Fall/Winter 2015: 18-19
Society for Historical Archeology Blog "Meet A Member: Jodi Barnes"
Profile of UAM Station Archeologist Jodi Barnes
March 1, 2015
Who we are
Jodi Barnes (Ph.D., American University, 2008) joined the Survey as station archeologist at UAM in January 2013. She was previously staff archeologist and GIS coordinator for South Carolina’s State Historic Preservation Program. She has published articles in the International Journal of Historical Archaeology and Historical Archaeology, and a number of book chapters. She also edited a book titled The Materiality of Freedom: Archaeologies of Post-Emancipation Life, and is co-editor with Frank McManamon and Andy Stout of a volume titled Managing Cultural Resources: Global Context, National Programs, and Local Actions. Since her arrival, Dr. Barnes has secured funding for two projects in the Monticello area, has developed a number of public outreach programs, and is teaching “Cultural Anthropology,” “Introduction to Archeology,” and “Sex, Gender, and Culture” at UAM.