Davidsonville Historic State Park hosts Archeology Day

March 19, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

March is Arkansas Archeology Month! Archeology has played an important role in what we know about the town of Davidsonville. In honor of the work that has been done at Davidsonville Historic State Park we will be offering the following activities:

  • 10 a.m. Davidsonville Town Site Tour – This walking tour will start at the new visitor center and travel around the town’s public square and courthouse. The tour will cover the history of the town and unique stories of the town. Tour should last 45 minutes and cover ½ mile.
  • 11a.m. The de Mun Flatboat – Meet at the new visitor center for a short discussion and child’s activity about the replica 1820’s hunter-trapper flatboat and the supplies it carries.
  • 12 p.m. Artifact Station – The artifact station will introduce visitors to the various kinds of “treasures” archeologists study and they will learn how to tell if something even an artifact. Visitors will get hands on practice in sorting artifacts and can even try their hand at washing real artifacts from an actual archeological excavation. Come get your hands dirty and discover ancient history!
  • 1 p.m. Primitive Hunting – At the primitive tools and weapons station, visitors will find out that prehistoric American Indians in the region actually had “technology” and that while the “primitive” weapons were old, they were incredibly efficient for the tasks that were required of American Indian life. It will be blow-darting, spear-throwing, pump-drilling good time!

Park staff will be available to help answer any questions concerning the flatboat and history of the park. Refreshments will be available for all park visitors until we run out.