Free informational hikes set monthly on the Back 40 Trails
Come out to the Back 40 Trails Saturday, March 3 for one of the most popular topics from last year – archeology! March is Archeology Month, and our regional archeologist Dr. Jamie Brandon will be back with us.
This informational guided hike will begin at 2 p.m., starting from the Buckingham Trailhead.
Dr. Brandon is the archeologist stationed at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Research Station of the Arkansas Archeological Survey. He has been doing archeology in Arkansas since the 1990s, and in his current role he is responsible for conducting excavations and public outreach for 12 counties in northwest Arkansas and the Ozarks.
Lydia Rees, assisting on the hike, is a graduate student in Anthropology at the University of Arkansas and is the author of the Bluff Shelters of the Arkansas Ozarks website. Rees is currently researching prehistoric ceramics across the Ozark region.
There is no cost for these hikes, presented by the City of Bella Vista. The Buckingham Trailhead is located off Trafalgar Road on Buckingham Drive. Limited parking is available at the trailhead, and participants can park along Buckingham Drive as long as they are not blocking emergency vehicle traffic. Please DO NOT PARK in the right of way along Trafalgar Road. A shuttle service will be available from the Church of Latter Day Saints (1 Lambeth Dr.) to the Buckingham trailhead starting at 1:30 p.m.
This hike will be approximately two miles out and back and is moderately strenuous. Appropriate clothing and shoes are required. Participants should also bring insect repellent, sunscreen and water. The Back 40 Trails are singletrack, which means they are dirt, narrow and sometimes rocky or have exposed tree roots. The trails are not appropriate for strollers. Friendly dogs are welcome on a leash.
An alternate weather date for this event is set for Saturday, March 10.
For more information on the area’s many other Arkansas Archeology Month programs, go to http://archeology.uark.edu/learn-discover/archeology-month/.
Follow The Back 40 Trails Facebook page for information on these and other events coming up this year. Other topics this year will include entomology in April, spring wildflowers in May, native plants in June, summer wildflowers in August and wild mushrooms in November.