Arkansas Archeological Survey
Arkansas State University
AAS-ASU Mission Statement
Survey is part of the University of Arkansas System. Our mission is to
discover, protect, and study archeological sites, to learn about the people who
lived here in the past, and to share that knowledge with all Arkansans.
Archeologists divide their time between research, university teaching, and
service to individuals and organizations who want information about
archeological sites. The station at ASU is one of ten Research Stations located
across the state.
People have lived
in Arkansas since the end of the last Ice Age circa 13,000 years ago. Today,
traces of their camps, villages, and religious centers can be found from the
Delta to the Ozark and Ouachita highlands. These archeological sites contain
the discarded tools, ruined buildings, family graveyards and other reminders of
past communities and cultures. Such sites can be especially important in telling
us about the lives of people who may never be mentioned in history books, but
who are part of Arkansasís historic heritage.
The AAS station
at ASU is now recording all cemeteries in our 15 county area. Some of these
have totally disappeared due to farming, commercial and industrial practices.
Many others are seriously endangered. We are working closely with area
genealogical and historical societies to locate and record every cemetery
possible in order to preserve a permanent record of their locations and