"Multi-sensor Remote Sensing and Mapping at Spiro: Discovering Intrasite Organization" is the title of a 7 p.m. talk March 7 at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith that will embrace the celebration of Archeology Month in Arkansas.
The presentation, which is open to the public, will be held in room 211 of the Math-Science Building.
The speaker is Dr. Scott W. Hammerstedt of the Oklahoma Archeological Survey.
"Regionally preeminent during the 13th and 14th centuries, Spiroans amassed diverse symbols of wealth and power from surrounding cultures," Hammerstedt said.
Hammerstedt explained that examinations of the Great Mortuary continue to yield insights into Southeastern ceremonialism and cosmology but excavations during the past century leave many questions concerning intrasite organization.
"Recent broad-scale gradiometry and high accuracy mapping -- along with multisensory geophysics in selected areas-- are now providing compelling evidence of population density, structure size and type, activity areas, internal boundaries, site extents and historic disturbances,” said Hammerstedt.
To date, geophysical survey and mapping covers more than 22 hectares, he said, and he will present those results with interpretations and future research plans at the archeology meeting at UAFS.
Hammerstedt holds a doctorate and a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University, as well as a master’s degree from the University of Alabama. His major research interests are social organization, monumental architecture, experimental archaeology, ceramic analysis, political economy, settlement patterns, and archaeological geophysics, with a focus on late prehistoric Mississippian and Caddo people.
March is Archeology Month in Arkansas.
“Archeology Month is an annual celebration commemorating Arkansas’s cultural heritage as revealed through the archeology of both prehistoric and historic eras,” said Tim Mulvihill, UAFS research station archeologist. “Exhibits, lectures, demonstrations, tours, open houses, workshops and other activities are scheduled throughout the state at museums, historic sites, state parks, libraries and colleges.”
The Fort Smith talk is for a meeting of the Ark-Homa Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society and the Oklahoma Anthropological Society. It is hosted by the research station located at UAFS, with Tim Mulvihill as research station archeologist.
For more information, contact Mulvihill by telephone at 479-788-7812 or by email at email@example.com.