The UAF station is located at the Survey coordinating office in Fayetteville, with additional office space in the Anthropology Department on the UAF campus. The station archeologist teaches in the Department of Anthropology at UAF and performs other faculty service to the Department and campus. The UAF station territory covers 12 counties and lies almost entirely within the Ozark Mountain region of northwest Arkansas; only the extreme southwestern portion dips down into the Arkansas River Valley. The archeology of the Ozarks is justly known for the excellent preservation of organic material such as basketry, textiles, woven sandals, and plant food remains in dry rock shelters. Large collections of such remains, excavated in the past from sites now inundated by reservoirs, are housed in the UA Collection Facility awaiting modern analysis. Rock art, both painted and carved, is also found in some shelters. Station research in the last 30 years has broadened the archeological picture by focusing on ceremonial mound sites that link the Ozarks to the Mississippian and Caddo cultures. Other projects have emphasized historical sites left by pioneer Arkansans, Civil War related sites, and environmental history. The station’s latest initiatives are a comprehensive study of prehistoric rock art, analysis of museum curated archeological collections from the Ozarks and central Arkansas River valley, and new studies exploring how artistic expression on decorated artifacts, such as the world-class ceramic collections from Carden Bottoms in central Arkansas, reflect social boundaries and social interaction.
Dr. Jessica Kowalski, Station Archeologist
Jared Pebworth, Station Assistant
Mike Evans, Station Assistant
Arkansas Archeological Survey
2475 N. Hatch
Fayetteville, AR 72704
Jessica Kowalski (PhD, University of Alabama, 2019) is the Survey’s Station Archeologist for the UA Fayetteville Research Station and a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. Prior to joining the Survey, Dr. Kowalski directed archeological projects in the Lower Mississippi Valley and along the Gulf Coast in both research and legal compliance settings. Her interests include the archeology of the Mississippi period, ancient sociopolitical complexity, cultural landscapes, the production and use of Native American ceramics, and archeological applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Her dissertation research focused on Mississippi period political organization in the Yazoo Basin of the Lower Mississippi River floodplain.
Jared Pebworth is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and has been with the Arkansas Archeological Survey since 1991. For almost 30 years, as an integral part of the Survey’s Sponsored Research Program, Pebworth has done archeology in virtually every corner of the state and in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma. Pebworth is well versed in field and laboratory logistics, historic and prehistoric material culture, metal artifact conservation, and the reproduction of traditional technologies. Jared moved from SRP to become ARAS-UAF Research Station Assistant in January, 2018.
Michael Evans has been with the Arkansas Archeological Survey since 1991. Aside from his almost 30 years of experience in excavations in Arkansas and neighboring states, Evans has developed specialized skills which include advanced mapping technologies, GIS, AutoCAD and Surfer map production, data editing and management. Mike is also interested in historic and prehistoric culture material and the reproduction of traditional technologies. Evans moved from SRP to become ARAS-UAF Research Station Assistant in January, 2018.
UAF Station in the Media
Mystery remains found at 'haunted' hotel
April 19, 2019
In New Podcast, Brandon Discusses Bluff Shelters and Leetown Dig
University of Arkansas News
February 1, 2018
Road Project Turned Archaeological Dig Site Gears up for Construction in Fayetteville
KHOG 4029 News
January 29, 2018
Ozark bluffs preserve stories about first residents
Andy Ostmeyer, Joplin Globe
March 18, 2017
Alliance Names Endangered Historical Sites In Arkansas
May 14, 2015
Silent Storytellers: Cemetery Preservation Documentary
Video, AETN and the Department of Arkansas Heritage
January 23, 2013
Commemorating the Civil War in Arkansas
Video Documentary, AETN