Archeologist to Discuss Richard’s Bridge Site March 19

Jeffrey MitchemDuring the March Ark-Homa chapter meeting, an archeologist for the Arkansas Archeological Survey will discuss the research to be conducted at an ancient Native American village.


Dr. Jeffrey Mitchem will present “Ancient Architecture and Village Layout in Northeast Arkansas: The Richard’s Bridge Site” at 7 p.m. March19 in room 211 of the Math-Science building on the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus.


Mitchem’s presentation will focus on the Richard’s Bridge site, a Native American village populated during Mississippian times that archeologists will excavate during a training program in June.


“Excavations will be focused on burned house floors that have been identified by ground penetrating radar and other geophysical methods, as well as village fortifications,” Mitchem’s abstract states. “The site is important because the geophysical surveys have indicated the village was occupied for a relatively short time, which means that the ‘town plan’ may be visible, a rare situation in the region.”


Mitchem works as a research professor of anthropology at the University of Arkansas, in addition to his work at the Survey’s Parkin Research Station. His research focuses on Mississippian societies and the Hernando de Soto expedition.  


March is also Archeology Month in Arkansas, an annual celebration commemorating Arkansas’s archeological heritage. 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 Ark-Homa Chapter is a local joint chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society and the Oklahoma Anthropological Society. For more information, contact Tim Mulvihill at 479-788-7812 or by email at



Article by Angela Lamon, University Relations Coordinator
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Thursday, February 19, 2015
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