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Written by Eileen Oldag   

Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park hosted training for the Central Arkansas chapter, providing hands-on experience in techniques for artifact collection and cleaning.

The How-To's of Digging for Artifacts CAMN’ers got to practice (okay…it was really ‘play’) with weapons and skill-games of the Plum Creek Culture that built and occupied this unique mound site. The park/site is cooperatively managed by Arkansas State Parks and the Arkansas Archeological Survey. Lectures and training by park interpreters Amy Griffin and Casey Marshall and by Dr. Liz Horton of the Archeological Survey explained the purpose, construction and solar-orientation of the 1,000-year-old mounds, as well as the life and activities of the Plum Bayou people. Already, Naturalists are adding value to archeological efforts through citizen science:

 

Monica Mabry brought family-collected artifacts that were identified as cultivation and hunting aids of interest to those studying Arkansas’s pre-historic people. Great training, exciting contribution, and—let’s not forget—a mighty fine, on-site potluck.

 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 28 March 2014 07:10
 
Author of this article: Eileen Oldag