Our archeology faculty is particularly strong in expertise on the U.S. Southeast, the Great Plains, Mesoamerica, and South America. Their research interests include: ethnohistory, quaternary environments, landscape archaeology, ground-based geophysical and satellite remote sensing, applications of geographic information systems technology (GIS), quantitative techniques, cultural ecology, geoarchaeology, paleoarchaeology, materials science, lithic analysis, ceramic analysis, historic archaeology, and public archaeology. Several of our faculty also work with descendant communities. Our archaeologists maintain active collaborations with the Arkansas Archaeological Survey and the Center for Advanced Spatial Technology (CAST). All of our faculty can also accept students through the Environmental Dynamics program (ENDY).
Our archeological laboratories are well-equipped with a range of geophysical survey instruments, microscopes (reflective and transmitted light), photographic gear, and field equipment. We have the capability to make thin sections of a variety of materials and microsopes for cross-polarizing petrography. In collaboration with the State-Wide Mass Spectometry Facility we also have capabilities of ICP-MS with laser ablation and liquid sample introductio methods, multicollector ICP-MS for isotope analyses, gas chromatography, and many other insturments.
Our Archaeology Faculty: