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Dr. Charles McGimsey IIIDr. Charles R. McGimsey III
We are sorry to announce that Dr. Charles R. McGimsey III passed away on the evening of January 20, 2015. Dr. McGimsey’s career compassed many roles. He helped to create the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arkansas and served as Chairman. He was Director of the University of Arkansas Museum. He was the founder of the Arkansas Archeological Survey and its first Director, a position held until his retirement in 1990.

A Celebration of Life and Career will be held at Butterfield Trail Village, 1923 E. Joyce Boulevard, Fayetteville, Ark, on Friday, February 6, 2015.  The event will held in the Convocation Room between 2 and 4 PM.  The setting will be informal and the family encourages friends and colleagues to remember and reminisce about Bob as a person and as an archaeologist.  Light snacks and drinks will be provided. If individuals wish to make a contribution in honor of Bob McGimsey, the family requests that they be directed to the Charles R. McGimsey Scholarship Fund at the University of Arkansas.  This fund supports graduate students in the field of cultural resource management. Download the contribution form for information.

Hester Davis 1962Hester A. Davis 1930-2014
The Arkansas Archeological Survey mourns the passing of Hester A. Davis, who died on December 30, 2014. With Dr. Charles R. McGimsey III, Hester helped to create the Survey, established in 1967 by act of the Arkansas legislature, and she served as Arkansas’s first State Archeologist from that year until her retirement in 1999. Hester played a leading role in the creation of the annual training program for members of the Arkansas Archeological Society, which continues in its 52nd year.  Scores of archeologists working across the country also learned about modern archeological practice by taking the Public Archeology class that Hester taught from 1974 to 1991 at the University of Arkansas, where she served as Professor of Anthropology. A memorial gathering for Hester will be held on February 21 from 1-3pm in Giffels Auditorium on the University of Arkansas Fayetteville campus. If individuals wish to make a contribution in honor of Hester, the family requests that they be directed to the Hester A. Davis Internship in Public Archeology fund at the University of Arkansas. This fund provides an internship each year to a graduate student who plans a career in public archeology. Download the contribution form for more information.

About the Survey

The Arkansas Archeological Survey is a part of the University of Arkansas System. Our mission is to study and protect archeological sites in Arkansas, to preserve and manage information and collections from those sites, and to communicate what we learn to the people of Arkansas. Cooperative agreements with seven state university campuses, two state parks, the UA System’s Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, and the City of Blytheville enable scholars at eleven research stations around the state to carry out this mission. The Survey has been a model for statewide archeological programs in the United States and around the world.

Our coordinating office in Fayetteville is the Survey’s administrative body. The Director, the State Archeologist, the Survey registrar, the fiscal officer, administrative assistant, publications staff, and outreach programs operate from the CO. The registrar maintains a central archive of all archeological site records for the state. The coordinating office building also contains the University of Arkansas Collections Facility. The Survey acts as a repository for archeological collections originating from state and federally funded projects in Arkansas, our own research, private consulting firms, and donations. Also at the coordinating office are our sponsored research program (SRP) and computer services program (CSP) which support themselves in part through grants and contracts with local, state, and federal agencies, and with the business community. The CSP maintains several websites with educational information on Arkansas archeology and frequent updates about ongoing research projects. Our archaeogeophysical applications program is the newest addition to research capabilities centered at the coordinating office.

Professional archeologists at our research stations teach college courses in anthropology and assist their university museums, or develop materials for public interpretation at the state parks, in addition to conducting basic research in their areas. They, along with scholars at the coordinating office, are a living resource
for the people of Arkansas, serving the needs of cultural heritage education and preservation in many ways. Local, state, and federal governmental agencies, American Indian tribes, college students, school teachers and K-12 students, tourists, fellow scholars, landowners, amateur archeologists, and all Arkansas residents interested in the archeology, prehistory, and early history of the state are beneficiaries of the Survey’s programs and expertise.

At the Survey, science and service go hand-in-hand.

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The Arkansas Archeological Survey Headquarters building has an Open Curation area where visitors can see nearly 2000 objects from the University of Arkansas Collection Facility.  The area is open during regular business hours, 8AM to 5PM Monday through Friday.   For information, call (479) 575-3556.

The University’s secure Curation area where most artifacts are held is visible through the foyer of the Survey Headquarters.  Access to the collections for research and other purposes can be arranged through Mary Suter, curator of collections.  For information about access to the secure area, call (479) 575-3456.

Arkansas Archeological Survey
2475 N. Hatch Ave.
Fayetteville, AR 72704
(479) 575-3556

NOTE: Our archeologists DO NOT appraise artifacts or guarantee their authenticity for commercial purposes.

The Survey does invite members of the public to help discover and record information about archeological sites in Arkansas. If someone wishes to report the location of a site, he or she can contact the Survey through this website or through one of the regional Survey Stations.



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