Collins Site Topic of April 18 Talk

The results of a geophysical survey at the Collins Site in Northwest Arkansas will be presented April 18 at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.

 

The 7 p.m. meeting, which is open to the public, will be held in room 211 of the Math-Science Building. Title of the talk is “The Collins Site: Revealing Architectural Variation at a Multi-Mound Site in Northwest Arkansas.”

 

Tim Mulvihill, UAFS research station archeologist, said the talk covers archaeogeophysical survey -- a technical term for remote sensing.

 

“We use instruments such as ground penetrating radar, electrical resistivity and gradiometers to look at variations in the physical properties of the soil,” Mulvihill said. “For instance, some instruments show where soils have been heated in the past, because the heating changes the magnetism in the ground. So we might see where hearths or even burned houses are located beneath the surface.”

 

Speaking will be Stephanie Sullivan, a graduate teaching and research assistant in the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies in the Department of Environmental Dynamics at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

 

Mulvihill said Sullivan’s work is a wonderful example of how these technologies can work and show what structures may have stood on the site hundreds of years ago.

 

Sullivan will discuss the results of an archeological geophysics survey conducted at the Collins site, located on the White River in Elkins.

 

“Collins is one of only a few multi-mound sites in Northwest Arkansas, yet little is known about the architectural variation of buried archeological features and their intra-site distribution,” said Sullivan. “Results from this survey offer a first glimpse of architectural distribution and variation at a multi-mound civic-ceremonial center in the Ozark Highland region.”

 

Mulvihill said these technologies are starting to provide a better picture at the Collins site and other related sites, such as Spiro.

 

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.

 

For more information, contact Mulvihill by telephone at 479-788-7812 or by email at tim.mulvihill@uafs.edu.

 

Date Posted: 
Thursday, March 21, 2013
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The results of a geophysical survey at the Collins Site in Northwest Arkansas will be presented April 18 at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.