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Caven Clark, retired Cultural Resource Management Specialist for the National Park Service, will be the featured speaker on Tuesday, October 24, 2023, at the south campus of North Arkansas College.
Dr. Clark’s presentation will be located in Room M143 and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m. His presentation will highlight the archeology of plants native to the Ozarks and the Buffalo National River.
Dr. Clark will further illuminate how the science and art of recovering, identifying, and interpreting the significance of various historical plant species to our native Ozarks and the Buffalo.
Archaeology is more often associated with the discovery of tombs, temples, and palaces than with plants. Yet small and fragile plant remains can be every bit as valuable, if not more so, than large, permanent structures in providing information about human life in the past. During the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, archaeology fell under the broad umbrella of natural sciences, and by the start of the twentieth century, botanists, geologists, and zoologists were working with archaeologists to research a shared interest in the past. It is only in the last 50 years, however, that archaeologists have truly realized the wealth of knowledge that can be gained from a careful collection and study of ancient botanical remains.
Please make plans to join us on the evening of Tuesday, October 24 @ 6:30 p.m. In an effort to increase accessibility this presentation, the public may also attend virtually through Zoom. Should you be interested in watching this presentation from the comfort of your home, please email Rodney Arnold of your interest to do so and he will send you the link to do so. He may be contacted at [email protected]. Admission is free to the public.
The mission of the Buffalo National River Partners organization is to support the goals and purposes of the Buffalo National River. By providing financial resources, advocacy, technical assistance and volunteers to the park, our organization assists in the purpose to preserve the unique and cultural features, educate visitors, and improve facilities of Buffalo National River.