Pea Ridge National Military Park will conduct Civil War artillery programs on Saturday, June 23.
Artillery demonstrations are scheduled for 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. behind the park visitor center. Pea Ridge NMP will be conducting these programs throughout the summer and early fall.
A calendar is on the website www.nps.gov/peri.
Archeologists conduct research, provide presentations
Archeologists of the Arkansas Archeological Survey and volunteers with the Arkansas Archeological Society will arrive at Pea Ridge National Military Park (NMP) in June to conduct investigations at archeological sites within the park. The groups' annual training program, June 9--24, contributes to an ongoing cooperative research and management program with the National Park Service, and will be conducted alongside the University of Arkansas Archeological field school.
The public is welcome to stop by and visit on-site with the archeologists but please note that the archeologists are conducting approved research in partnership with the park and that it is illegal for the public to metal detect or dig in the park at any time; possess a metal detector, or damage cultural or natural resources. Maximum penalties are 10 years and/or a $100,000 fine.
Archeologists will provide four presentations and host an open house as part of the program. Presentations will be held in the Visitor Center Auditorium starting at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited and will be on a first come basis.
The day and topic of the presentations are;
• Tuesday, June 12: "A tour of the Pea Ridge NMP battlefield from the perspective of battlefield archeology"
Dr. Carl Drexler
• Thursday, June 14: "Landscape, GIS & Remote Sensing at Pea Ridge NMP"
Dr. Jamie Lockhart
• Saturday, June 16: Open House will be held to tour the archeology lab and visit one of the sites. Visitors should go to the Northeast Benton County (NEBCO) Community Center, 17823 Marshall St. (U.S. Hwy. 62) in Garfield between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to participate. The Open House will provide the public an opportunity to learn about the annual training program and the ongoing research. Visitors can tour the lab at the Community Center and receive a day-pass to the park to visit the Leetown site.
• Friday, June 22: "What Did We Find Out: An Overview of the 2018 Field Season at Pea Ridge"
Dr. Jamie Brandon and Dr. Carl Drexler
Pea Ridge National Military Park preserves and commemorates the March 7-8, 1862, battle that helped Union forces maintain physical and political control of the state of Missouri. Administered by the National Park Service, the 4,300 acre battlefield is located six miles east of Pea Ridge, just off U.S. Highway 62. Visit us on Facebook or at: nps.gov/peri.Community on 06/13/2018
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