The 2019 4-H Day of Archaeology was held Saturday at the agriculture building on the University of Arkansas Cossatot's De Queen campus. Twenty 4-H members from De Queen, Monticello, Booneville and Cave City attended the annual event.
The Arkansas Archaeological Society is conducting research this summer in Sevier County. In addition to performing research in the field at an undisclosed dig site, team members are also conducting lab research on the UA Cossatot De Queen campus with artifacts that were discovered in the 1980s at the area's Holman Springs salt mines.
Members of the society worked alongside 4-H participants to educate the youth about previous findings that were discovered in Sevier County. 4-H members who attended the Day of Archaeology were able to make pottery, extract salt from salt water, sort artifacts, learn about history, participate in educational presentations and learn about the science of archaeology.
"The 4-H Day of Archaeology is about youth learning what archaeology is and the importance of preserving it and discovering how it is conducted," 4-H Youth Development Instructor Hope Bragg said.
During the 4-H Day of Archaeology, the Arkansas Archaeological Society was also hosting an open house lab for community members to tour the archaeology lab and see artifacts tthe archaeologists are analyzing.
University of Arkansas Station Archaeologist Dr. Carl Drexler will also speak at 6:60 p.m. Friday in the Skilled and Trades building on the De Queen Campus.
He will discuss what the archaeologists have found and what they have learned from conducting lab research on the Holman springs artifacts and the active dig site. The presentation is free and open to the public.
—From UA Cossatot