Dr. Jodi Barnes drawing a wall profile at the 2019 Training Program at Lockesburg Mounds (3SV48).
Dr. Jodi Barnes drawing a wall profile at the 2019 Training Program at Lockesburg Mounds (3SV48).
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. The station territory covers seven counties in southeastern Arkansas — Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Cleveland, Desha, Drew and Lincoln. This portion of the state consists of landforms deposited by the ancestral Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers and their tributaries. People have lived in this region for at least 9,000 years and archeologists have investigated the lives of the American Indians, African Americans, and European Americans who lived here in the past. Among many significant sites in the station territory, the small Lake Enterprise Mound, thought to be 3,500 years old, is the oldest known Indian mound in Arkansas. Archeological research shows that the people who built it were affiliated with the famous Poverty Point culture. At the opposite end of the time scale, the Taylor/Hollywood Plantation 1840s log house in Drew County and Lakeport Plantation in Chicot County are the sole remaining pre-Civil War plantation houses on the Mississippi Delta in Arkansas. Southeast Arkansas is also the location of several sites from Arkansas’s World War II Home Front Heritage, including Rohwer and Jerome, both Japanese American internment camps and Camp Monticello, an Italian prisoner of war camp.
Hollywood Plantation activity bookThe UAM research station provides a variety of public outreach services and activities for both adults and kids. They work closely with the Tunican Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society to help host the monthly speaker series and offer opportunities for people to get actively involved in archeological projects in the lab and in the field. They also work with the Drew County Museum to update their exhibits on Arkansas Indians in Drew County. From discovery boxes to dig boxes, the UAM research station hosts interactive experiences to introduce young people to Arkansas archeology. 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 the reader thinking like an archeologist. To request a copy of the book or to schedule a public program, contact the UAM research station.

Featured Projects

Archeological Research on World War II at Camp Monticello
Hollywood Plantation: Archeology and Historic Preservation in Southeast Arkansas

In the Media

Rohwer Reconfigured: Interactive website sparks new interest in state’s Japanese internment camps 
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 10, 2019
History in grasp: Collections of archaeological discoveries tell of Arkansas’ past
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 8, 2019
SHA and ACUA 2019 Election Results
Society for Historical Archaeology
Galvanized Metal Etching from Camp Monticello
November 2019 Artifact of the Month
Gathering, Gardening, and Agriculture – A New Fifth Grade Social Studies Curriculum in Arkansas
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


UAM Station Archeologist Jodi Barnes
UAM Station Archeologist Dr. Jodi Barnes

Who we are

Dr. Jodi Barnes (B.A., University of South Carolina, 1999; Ph.D., American University, 2008) is starting the new year with a change in venue. She will be missed not only as a valuable colleague talented at interpretation of archeological data for the public and with fantastic grant writing skills, but also as a friend and mentor.
Until a new station archeologist is in place, please direct inquiries to our Coordinating Office, 479-575-3556 or arkarch@uark.edu.

Contact Us

Coordinating Office
Email: arkarch@uark.edu

Arkansas Archeological Survey
Box 3087, UAM
Monticello, AR 71656-3087