Toltec Mounds topic of April 5 meeting

Dr. Paige Ford of the Arkansas Archaeological Survey, examines a ceramic sherd.

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Dr. Paige Ford will present “Reconstructing and Building Relationships: Meeting the New Toltec Station Archeologist” at the next meeting of the Ouachita Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society. This talk will be held on Tuesday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in the board room at Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts, 200 Whittington Ave., Hot Springs. It is free and open to the public.

Ford working in the field.

Dr. Paige Ford started in August 2021 as the new Station Archeologist at Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park. In this presentation she will discuss what led her to studying archaeology, her past experiences in the field, and her most recent research from her time at the University of Oklahoma. She will also discuss how her interests and research in ceramic practice, social network analysis, and regional interactions will contribute to a growing research program at Toltec, expanding our knowledge of the site as well as the Plum Bayou people and their relationships to contemporaneous surrounding communities.

Dr. Paige Ford serves as the new station archeologist with the Arkansas Archeological Survey at Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park. She recently completed her PhD in anthropology at the University of Oklahoma, where her research focused on reconstructing relationships in Oklahoma and surrounding regions based on similarities in pre-contact ceramic manufacture and design. Along with her archeological research interests she is also passionate about public education and outreach, seeking to create programs that teach everyone the importance of archeology and cultural heritage.

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