Mary Beth Trubitt (Arkansas Archeological Survey, HSU Research Station)
In April, 2016, archeologists from the Ouachita National Forest and Arkansas Archeological Survey identified a new novaculite quarry site in Pike County. The team included Survey archeologist Mary Beth Trubitt and ONF Heritage Program Manager Roger Coleman, ONF district archeologists Maria Schleidt and Jimmie McKenzie, and ONF archeological technicians Raymond McGrath, Anthony Clay Newton, Clint Dalton, Jamie Chambliss, Trey Dunnagan, and Shannin Purtell.
Looking for the toolstone source for a nearby Early Archaic period site, the archeologists hiked up the south slope of the mountain to examine exposed novaculite outcrops for evidence of quarrying activity. We found battered outcrops, undercuts, and a possible trench feature, with quantities of novaculite debris covering the ground surface. Clear evidence of aboriginal quarrying took the form of large percussion flakes of fine-grained gray novaculite, several rough bifacially flaked blanks, and sandstone hammers and fragments. We did not see any temporally diagnostic artifacts during this visit.