“Bluff Shelters of the Arkansas Ozarks,” Dr. Jamie Brandon, Archaeologist, Tuesday, August 28, Boone Co. Library, 5:30 p.m.
August 28 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Dr. Jamie Brandon is the archeologist stationed at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Research Station of the Arkansas Archeological Survey. He has been doing archeology in Arkansas since the 1990s and in his current role he is responsible for conducting excavations and public outreach for 12 counties in Northwest Arkansas and the Ozarks. In addition to these duties, Dr. Brandon currently serves as the Chair of the Arkansas State Review Board for Historic Preservation and the Past President of Preserve Arkansas, a state-wide non-profit that focuses on historic preservation.
One of the most interesting aspects of archeology in the Arkansas Ozarks is many dry bluff shelters and caves that have been intermittently occupied for 10,000 years. The dry conditions created in these caves and shelters provide a rare glimpse of the kinds of artifacts that usually rot in the wet climate of the Southeastern United States. Moreover these archeological sites are endangered historic places and were listed on Preserve Arkansas’s list of Most Endangered Places in 2004.
A few years ago, before this project was initiated, if someone searched for “Ozark bluff shelter” or “Ozark bluff dweller” they would have gotten links to a couple tourist caverns, some rental cabins and, a few entries down the list, a link to book about archeology done in the Ozarks in 1922. There was virtually nothing on-line that communicated to the public what it is that modern archeologists have found out about this important resource after almost 100 years of research.