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Preservation Society Hosts Archeology Lecture

Posted on September 26, 2012

The Preservation Society of the South Arkansas Historical Foundation (SAHF) is pleased to announce that Dr. Jamie Brandon, the station archaeologist at Southern Arkansas University, will make his annual presentation to the Preservation Society at 5:15 pm on Monday, October 1, 2012. The program will be held in the Newton House Museum, located at 510 Jackson Street in El Dorado and is free and open to the public.

Dr. Brandon?s topic will be "Archaeology of Historic Washington, Arkansas.? This PowerPoint presentation will include photos from recent archaeological digs at Historic Washington. The 2011 and 2012 Arkansas Archeological Society Summer Training Program was held on Block 6 in Historic Washington, Arkansas. Block 6 was the heart of the frontier town?s commercial district from its founding in the late 1820s until several traumatic fires in the late nineteenth century ended the bulk of merchant activity. Both summer's excavations uncovered many artifacts and features associated with merchant activity on the cotton frontier, and this presentation will provide an overview of these finds.

Dr. Brandon is responsible for conducting excavations and public outreach for 11 counties in southwestern Arkansas. In addition to these duties, Dr. Brandon teaches anthropology as SAU and currently serves on the Arkansas State Review Board for Historic Preservation.

The Preservation Society is the support organization for the SAHF and Society membership forms are available at the SAHF offices. The Newton House was constructed circa 1849 and is a premier example of antebellum Greek Revival architecture. Tours are available by reservation and may be arranged by calling (870) 862-9890.

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