AAS is planning 2022 Training Program

The 2022 Training Program co-sponsored by the Arkansas Archeological Survey and Arkansas Archeological Society is currently planned for June 4-18. Full details will be released in March on the Society’s Training Program page.

AAS is planning 2022 Training Program

The 2022 Training Program co-sponsored by the Arkansas Archeological Survey and Arkansas Archeological Society is currently planned for June 4-18. Full details will be released in March on the Society’s Training Program page.

2021 AAS Ballot for new Officers and Board of Advisors

The AAS is now conducting its annual vote for new Officers and Board of Advisors. Members with an email on file will receive a ballot email link using freeonlinesurveys.com to cast their ballot. Other members will receive a ballot via regular mail.  All ballots must be received by November 19th, 2021.

2021 AAS Ballot for Officers and Board of Advisors

The AAS is now conducting its annual vote for new Officers and Board of Advisors. Members with an email on file will receive a ballot email link using freeonlinesurveys.com to cast their ballot. Other members will receive a ballot via regular mail.  All ballots must be received by November 19th, 2021.

AAS 2021 Annual Meeting Details Released

The 2021 Annual Meeting of the Arkansas Archeological Society has been moved to a virtual format.  Recorded presentations will be released on the AAS website on September 19th at 6 pm.  On September 25th a live Zoom meeting beginning at 6:30 will host a keynote speaker as well as a question-and-answer session with all video presenters.  Further details can be found on the AAS Annual Meeting page.

2021 Annual Meeting Moving to Virtual Format

Dear Society Members and Friends of the Society,

The Executive Board recently discussed the proposed Annual Meeting set for this Fall. Due to the current numbers of Covid cases and the emergency status of the state, the Board has decided to move to a virtual format for this year’s fall meeting for the safety of the attendees. The Board never thought that they would have to cancel the in-person meeting, but given the ongoing surge of the Covid pandemic in our state the Board has little choice. Preparations for switching to a virtual meeting will begin immediately. We will keep you informed. Please check the Society’s website for updates. Anyone that has already registered will be refunded money.

Let us all hope for better times soon.

Jim Rees, President and the Executive Board, Arkansas Archeological Society
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Society Member Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Connaway

Arkansas Archeological Society member John Connaway received a prestigious award at the Southeastern Archaeological Conference in Tulsa earlier this month. John is an archeologist with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. SEAC presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The following testimonial accompanied the presentation. Congratulations!

“The second archaeologist we will honor tonight is John Connaway who is entering his 51st year working for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. He has spent that time working out of the Clarksdale office and has done more work in the Yazoo Basin than any other single archaeologist. Many of the sites he has salvaged, Oliver, Austin, and Carson to name three of the most important, were threatened by modern agricultural practices. In all three of these examples, he mobilized a crew of volunteers including academic archaeologists, graduate students, avocational archaeologists, and field schools to conduct a remarkable amount of archaeology on a very small budget. When his volunteers can’t make it, he works alone. The resultant collections of carefully curated artifact assemblages and meticulous fieldnotes have provided material for two or three generations of graduate student theses. There are few archaeologists who know their region as well as John and nobody who is better at shovel shaving.”

Cedar Grove Pots Stolen from AA Survey Research Station at Southern Arkansas University

Sometime between May and July 2006, 26 pots from the Cedar Grove site were stolen from the Arkansas Archeological Survey’s collections at the Southern Arkansas University Research Station. The Survey is working with SAU police and the FBI in attempt to recover the vessels.  The Arkansas Archeological Survey has issued a press release along with a complete list and pictures of the stolen ceramics.