Wilson’s historical artifacts to be on exhibit at Nixon Library

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For more than 30 years, Jacksonville resident Mike Wilson systematically collected artifacts from the surface at two archaeological sites on his property along the Bayou Meto.

Prehistoric Native American artifacts from the vicinity of Jacksonville are on exhibit in the Central Arkansas Library System’s Esther Dewitt Nixon Library in Jacksonville, 703 W. Main St.

For more than 30 years, Jacksonville resident Mike Wilson, a former state legislator, systematically collected artifacts from the surface at two archaeological sites on his property along the Bayou Meto.

Wishing to share his discoveries with the community, Wilson collaborated with the library staff and John H. House, Arkansas Archeological Survey Station Archeologist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, to exhibit his artifacts at the library.

The exhibit is free and open to the public and includes artifacts from prehistoric eras 11,000 to 400 years ago including stone projectile points (dart and arrow points), a variety of stone implements, drills, and hammering and grinding tools made from stream cobbles, as well as evidence for prehistoric technologies and stone raw materials derived from diverse geological sources throughout Arkansas.

The updated exhibit consists of four glass cases. One case features representative stone projectile points (dart and arrow points) from distinct prehistoric eras. Another case interprets a variety of stone implements and other artifacts from two early eras, Late Paleo-Indian, from 11,000-9,000 years ago and Archaic, from 9,000 to 2,500 years ago. These artifacts include stone projectile point, drills, and hammering and grinding tools made from stream cobbles. A third case, displays artifacts from the Woodland (2,500 to 700 years ago) and Mississippian (700-400 years ago) eras. These include examples of tiny arrow points (“bird points”) and fragments of ground stone axes. The final case features evidence for prehistoric technologies and stone raw materials derived from diverse geological sources throughout Arkansas.

Library hours are 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

For further information, contact the Esther Dewitt Nixon Library at 457-5038 or Arkansas Archeological Survey, UAPB Station, 870-535-4509, email jhhouse@uark.edu

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