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AMN Continuing Education and Volunteer Opportunities
Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 10:00 AM until 1:30 PM
Parkin Archeological State Park
60 Hwy 184N
Parkin, AR 72373
Education - Continuing
A new opportunity for continuing education and volunteer hours has been created. The events will take place in Parkin, AR so several chapters may have members who would like to take advantage of this. You will need to register on the AMN website for this event so that we can plan the space.
A class will be offered on Tuesday, Nov 5 from 10-1:30 with a break for lunch (bring your own lunch and beverages). The location is the lab at Parkin Archeological State Park, 60 Hwy 184N, Parkin AR 72373. For CAMN, this event is approved for 3 hours continuing education. (CE approval for other chapters will depend on each chapter.)
In this class you will learn about the Parkin site and the chiefdom of which Parkin was the capital. You will also learn the basics and best practices in archaeological laboratory procedures.
In 2015 and 2016 the Arkansas Archeological Survey and Society excavated a site a few miles from Parkin that was likely part of the same chiefdom. They are now undertaking to process all of the artifacts recovered during that excavation. This includes washing, sorting, identifying, and analyzing artifacts made of stone, bone, ceramic, and sometimes historic materials. They hope to find out more about how people were living at the edge of the chiefdom. They also want to know if this site was occupied before or after the Parkin site. They can find out much of this information from the thousands of small artifacts excavated over two summers, but it takes a long time to process.
Following the training event, you will be able to volunteer in the lab. With your help, we'll be well on our way to finding out more about this interesting archaeological site.
The instructor will be Michelle Rathgaber. Michelle recently finished her PhD in Environmental Dynamics at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She wrote her dissertation about the interaction of the Native Americans of northeast Arkansas with the New Madrid seismic zone earthquakes.