Archaeology Groups Conclude Research in Sevier County
July 09, 2019
The University of Arkansas Archaeological Survey Team and the Arkansas Archaeological Society came to UA Cossatot’s De Queen Campus in Sevier County during the month of June. They came to UA Cossatot to use the college as a work station, while they conducted archaeology research in two locations in Sevier County. Both groups have now left and have taken the newly discovered artifacts to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
The archaeologists and volunteers who worked on this assignment chose to come to Sevier County this summer to conduct research at these sites. These locations were gathering places for the Caddo Indians that lived in this region. In 1985, artifacts from these Native Americans were discovered and found at these burial mounds in Lockesburg and De Queen.
The artifacts were taken to Fayetteville, where they have remained for over three decades. The Archaeology Survey Team and Society brought these artifacts back to Sevier County and displayed them at the college for the public to view. Events were held at UA Cossatot to give community members the chance to see findings that were discovered in their community.
Over seventy people participated in this summer research project, and more additional artifacts were discovered. The group members for this project spent two weeks studying the site locations, as well as the old and new findings. They hope these artifacts will help them to complete the puzzle of the ancient Caddo tribes and how they survived while they were living in Southwest Arkansas.
The college provided the archaeological groups a place to set up and prepare. They also hosted a cookout for the visitors at one of the site locations.
On Friday, June 21, at 6:30 P.M. University of Arkansas Station Archaeologist, Dr. Carl Drexler held an evening presentation at UA Cossatot about what they discovered and learned during their time in Sevier County. At the end of the evening talk, door prizes were given out.
The artifacts from the eighties and the recently discovered artifacts mostly include pottery. These materials were boxed up and sent back to Fayetteville, where more research will be conducted for educational purposes.