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Archeological Society Holds Meeting

Brittany Pickett
Staff Writer

   The Southeast Arkansas Tunican Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society held their regular monthly meeting Oct. 3. At the meeting, Mack Prichard, a State Naturalist of Tennessee presented a program called “Conserving Tennessee’s Archeological Heritage.”

   In the presentation, Prichard showed different artifacts slides such a pottery, stone figures, status and paintings discovered in the Tennessee and Arkansas area.

   The program also featured the mention of major Indian mound sites. The mounds, which served as small burial areas, usually look conical or round in appearance. In the early days, a group of Indian mound builders became carried away with the mounds and made them in geometric shapes, which this certain group used to define a sacred ground, Prichard said.

   The presentation about mounds included those of Chucalissa in Memphis and Pinson in Jackson, both in Tennessee.

   Prichard also said that people need to preserve the sites of the Native American’s past.

   “The more you tell people about a beautiful place, the chances are more likely it will stick around.” Prichard said.
 

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