UCA Student is Awarded Scholarship to Present Fieldwork Research at the 2019 Arkansas Archeological Society Meeting

Jacob Madle recently presented his 2019 field school research at Camp Halsey during the 2019 Arkansas Archeological Society meeting in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was awarded the Hester A. Davis scholarship for 2019 to support travel to the meeting to give his presentation. Congrats Jacob! His paper is entitled, Camp Halsey: From Above to Below.

Jacob Madle conducting his shovel text research.

The abstract is as follows:

The Faulkner County Survey Project is a research collaboration between the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) and the Faulkner County Museum. In 2016, the project initiated a program of research at Camp Halsey, a CCC camp in Faulkner County. At the 2019 UCA field school, a research strategy was developed in order to identify the location of enrollee barracks. Historic photos reveal that barracks were constructed on piers. Today, there are no visible foundation remains. Using historic aerial photography, general spatial relationships to visible surface features were considered. To test relationships, thirty-five shovel tests were dug and a 1200 square meter (0.12 ha) area was surveyed using electrical resistivity. Data collected revealed the probable location of several enrollee barracks, which can be used to identify additional features, such as pathways between barracks and overall extent of buildings.

Conference Presentation at ARAS

On October 3, we presented the first of many presentations on our current and upcoming research at Camp Halsey. The paper was entitled, The Faulkner County Survey Project: Beginning a Program of Research at Camp Halsey. Dr. Mckinnon gave the presentation at the Arkansas Archeological Society meeting in North Little Rock. The abstract follows:

Duncan P. McKinnon, Lynita Langely-Ware, Wendy Plotkin, Katelyn Trammel

Faulkner County contains a wealth of historical and archaeological resources from prehistoric and early Euro-American occupations. A long-term collaborative project between the University of Central Arkansas and the Faulkner County Museum is underway to map, evaluate, and document these resources. In this paper, we present recent and ongoing work at Camp Halsey, the first Soil Conservation Service (SCS) camp in Arkansas and later the location of one of many of the 1930s Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) camps throughout Arkansas. Results are discussed within the three themes that guide the Faulkner County Survey Project: Site Administration and Management, Pedagogy and Public Archaeology, and Research.

Dr. McKinnon giving a presentation about Camp Halsey at the Arkansas Archeological Society Meeting.