About the Training Program

The Training Program in Archeology is a research project 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.

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Participants at the 2017 Training Program

Field sessions are scheduled by the Survey to coordinate with research and other obligations of the professional staff. The sessions last two weeks each summer and are held at various sites in order to carry out research throughout Arkansas and to provide Society members with varied archeological experiences.

Society members may participate for as long as they wish during the field program but are required to attend an orientation lecture before beginning any work. Evening lectures on a variety of topics are also provided during the session.

All participants in the Training Program must be members of the Arkansas Archeological Society. Membership dues must be paid for each member of the family attending. The registration fee each year may vary based on the location of the training program and on the duration of stay for each person. Anyone under 18 years old must be accompanied by a registered participant at all times.

The 2018 Training Program

The 2018 Training program will be held at Pea Ridge National Military Park in northwest Arkansas June 9-24. It will be run by Arkansas Archeological Survey archeologists Jamie C. Brandon (UAF Station) and Carl G. Drexler (SAU Station). For the full back ground and information, click here: Training Program Information or check out the March/April edition of Fieldnotes.

To register, you must be a member of the Arkansas Archeological Society, which you can do here. You must also fill out and submit a Training Program registration form. The form is here: Training Program Registration Form and must be completely filled out and submitted, with payment, to the address provided at the bottom of the form. We hope to provide an online registration option in the future, but it is not yet available.

To register online, please login to your membership page. After logging in, click on the “2018 Training Program” link at the top of the page. If you’re not already a member, you can become a member here.

All objects and information resulting from the field work will be curated by the Arkansas Archeological Survey for the benefit of the people of Arkansas.