The Arkansas Archeological Society (AAS) offers a
wide range of opportunities for those interested in Arkansas
heritage. Members of the Society receive training in archeological
methods from Arkansas Archeological Survey archeologists and serve
as valuable volunteers to assist the Survey on archeological
research projects, both in the field and the laboratory. The Society
works with the Survey on preservation activities and public outreach
programs, and co-sponsors the annual Training Program in archeology.
The membership generally numbers around 600.
The Society has seven local chapters that hold regular monthly
meetings. In addition, some chapters hold "lab nights" so members
can help in the laboratory processing of artifacts. Chapters also
have occasional fieldwork opportunities. Active Society chapters
include: Arkansas River Valley Chapter (Petit Jean), Arkoma Chapter
(Ft. Smith), Central Mississippi Valley Chapter (Jonesboro),
Kadohadacho Chapter (Magnolia), Ko-ko-ci Chapter (Fayetteville),
Ouachita Chapter (Hot Springs), Toltec Chapter (Little Rock), and
the Tunican Chapter (Monticello).
Every September, the Society holds an Annual Meeting where
professional and avocational archeologists get together to share
information about the heritage of Arkansas. Papers are presented, a
silent auction is offered, and a book room containing numerous
publications on Arkansas archeology and history is available. In the
evening, a banquet dinner is held where participants can listen and
interact with nationally renowned speakers. The first meeting was
held at Petit Jean Mountain in 1960.
In the summer, the Society holds a Training Program in archeology
where individuals interested in archeology can gain experience in
all phases of archeological excavation, site survey, and laboratory
processing under professional supervision. This program began in
1964 as an annual activity of the Arkansas Archeological Society
under the direction of archeologists at the University of Arkansas
Museum. Since 1967 the program has been under the supervision of the
Arkansas Archeological Survey's archeologists.
The Training Program lasts two weeks each summer and is held at
various sites in order to carry out research throughout Arkansas and
to provide Society members with varied archeological experiences.
Evening lectures are offered on a variety of topics during the
program. Usually between 90 and 100 people participate.
Publications of the Society include an annual journal (The Arkansas
Archeologist), a newsletter that is published six times a year
(Field Notes), and web site. The organization's website (www.arkarch.org)
relates current programs, information about the Training Program,
and other announcements. All members of the Arkansas Archeological
Society are encouraged to submit articles for the AAS journal and/or
newsletter. As a benefit of membership in the Society, members
receive the newsletter and annual journal.
For more information about AAS see
www.arkarch.org or call 479-575-3556