Novaculite Website Homepage

Exercises: What can we learn from novaculite quarry sites?

After exploring the pages on novaculite quarries in Garland, Montgomery, Polk, and Hot Spring counties and recent whetstone mining:

  • High school students: Calculate the volume of a quarry pit that measures 15 meters by 10 meters by 1.5 meter deep. How many pits like this would have to be dug to yield a dump truck load of novaculite?
  • STEM Lab students: What technology was used to extract novaculite from bedrock sources? Write an essay about the extraction of novaculite from an engineering perspective.


Suggested citation format for this website:

     Arkansas Archeological Survey 2016 "Arkansas Novaculite: A Virtual Comparative Collection." (accessed January 15, 2016).

We welcome comments and feedback from you! For further information on this website, please contact Mary Beth Trubitt, Arkansas Archeological Survey,


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