Guided archeology hike planned on the Back 40 Trails

Hike will be approximately two miles round trip


The next in the series of informational hikes on Bella Vista’s Back 40 Trails will allow participants to explore the prehistoric history of Bella Vista.

Join University of Arkansas Associate Research Professor Dr. Jamie Brandon and Arkansas Archeological Society researcher and anthropology student Lydia Rees for Beyond the Bluff Dweller: Archeology of Prehistoric Bluff Shelters of the Arkansas Ozarks, set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, starting at the Buckingham Trailhead.

“With their combination of rarely preserved perishables and deeply stratified deposits, Ozark bluff shelters are an unparalleled source of information about textile arts and plant domestication. Archeologists have studied Ozark bluff shelters since the 1920s. These early studies saw bluff-dwellers essentially as an ancient version of hillbillies,” said Dr. Brandon.

Dr. Brandon is an Associate Research Professor at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and the Arkansas Archeological Survey’s UAF Research Station Archeologist. In this dual position, he teaches anthropology courses for University of Arkansas’ Anthropology Department and is responsible for public outreach and research using the archeological resources in 12 counties in northwest Arkansas and the Arkansas Ozarks. He has more than 25 years of archeological experience and has been working in the Ozarks since 1997.

Lydia Rees is a Research Assistant with the Arkansas Archeological Survey and a graduate student in Anthropology at the University of Arkansas. She has just finished working on a grant-funded Ozark bluff shelter project creating a public website detailing information about archeology in Ozark bluff shelters. She has been doing archeology for 14 years and was previously a Quality Control Crew Chief for Flat Earth Archeology.

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.

The hike will be approximately two miles out and back, and moderately strenuous. Participants should wear appropriate footwear and bring water and insect repellent. The hike is family friendly, and friendly dogs are allowed on a leash.

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