UAPB archaeologist helps update exhibit at Jacksonville library


JACKSONVILLE — Over the past year, John H. House, Arkansas Archeological Survey Station archaeologist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, collaborated in updating an exhibit of local prehistoric Indian artifacts that is currently displayed in the Esther Dewitt Nixon Library at Jacksonville.

The artifacts were collected over a period of more than 30 years by Michael K. Wilson on his farm on Bayou Meto in the outskirts of Jacksonville. Wishing to share his discoveries, Wilson had exhibited the artifacts in the library lobby. He contacted House for help in updating the exhibit in terms of current archaeological knowledge.

The updated exhibit displays stone projectile points (dart and arrow points) from distinct prehistoric eras ranging from 11,000 to 400 years ago. The exhibit also interprets changing prehistoric life and technology, and exchange among prehistoric Indians throughout Arkansas and beyond.

House directs the Arkansas Archaeological Survey Research Station at UAPB and also teaches in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

The Esther Dewitt Nixon Library, a unit of the Central Arkansas Library System, is located at 703 W. Main Street in Jacksonville. The library is open 9:30 a.m.-8p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 9:30a.m.- 6p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

For more information about the exhibit, contact the Esther Dewitt Nixon Library at 501-457-5038; the Arkansas Archaeological Survey, UAPB Station, at 870-535-4509; or jhhouse@uark.edu