Academic journal article The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

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Academic journal article The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

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The heritage, creativity, and political and religious complexity of the Caddo Indians, whose homelands encompassed much of southern and western Arkansas, are showcased in The Archaeology of the Caddo, edited by Timothy K. Perttula and Chester P. Walker. This 536-page volume is the first comprehensive work on the topic. Authors include current or former members of the Arkansas Archeological Survey who will be familiar to many Quarterly readers: Ann Early, George Sabo, Mary Beth Trubitt, Jami Lockhart, Duncan McKinnon, Frank Schambach, Greg Vogel, David B. Kelley, and H. Edwin Jackson. The Archaeology of the Caddo provides an overview of the pre-history of the Caddo, analyzes mounds, investigates pottery and ceramics, reconstructs settlements, studies mortuary practices, and asks questions about Caddo spiritual life. Eight chapters deal in whole or in part with Arkansas, including analysis of archaeological sites in the Arkansas River basin and Saline County. For $60.00, The Archaeology of the Caddo is available from the University of Nebraska Press, 1111 Lincoln Mall, Lincoln, NE 68588; www.nebraskapress.unl.edu.

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has added new podcasts to its website. They include Buck Foster speaking about Bill Dark and Martin Hart, two infamous Arkansas guerrillas; William Stevens on Capt. John W. Dunnington of the Confederate navy; S. Charles Bolton on the United States Colored Troops in Arkansas and fugitive slave Nelson Hackett; the 1861 elections in Washington by Josh Williams; the war in Batesville and guerrilla operations in the Ozarks by George Lankford; Jodi Morris on the journey from Civil War to civil rights; Grif Stockley on the refashioning of African-American identity during wartime; the archaeology of Arkansas battlefields by Carl Carlson-Drexler; Travis Ratermann on Arkansas's Confederate prisoners at the camp in Alton, Illinois; the story of E. W. Gantt, fire-eating secessionist turned unionist, by Peggy Lloyd; the Civil War from the civilian perspective by Susan Young; Carl H. Moneyhon's thoughts on celebrating and commemorating the Civil War; and Mark Christ on a pair of dueling Confederate generals. …

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