Hester A. Davis (1930–2014) was an American archeologist, and as Arkansas’s first State Archeologist, she was instrumental in creating national public policy and conservancy standards for cultural preservation as well as developing professional and ethical standards for archeologists. She was the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including two distinguished service awards and induction into the Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame. Two scholarships are offered in her memory: one to attend the Summer Training Program and one to attend the Society’s Fall Annual Meeting.



The Arkansas Archeological Society offers two small grant opportunities.

Archeological Research Fund (ARF)

The Archeological Research Fund (ARF) provides money not available from other sources for archeological projects in Arkansas. Support from the Research Fund can help with different aspects of archeological research, such as radiocarbon analysis of charred material for dating or identification of small seeds or bones by specialists.

Bill Jordan Public Education Fund

The Bill Jordan Public Education Fund provides money to help support public outreach efforts.

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