As a Booneville native Larry Porter knows his way around Logan County. As station assistant at the Arkansas Archaeological Survey’s Winthrop Rockefeller Institute research station, he knows endangered sites.
The two will come together on Sept. 19 when Porter is the speaker about an endangered prehistoric site in Logan County during a Sept. 19 talk at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.
The 7 p.m. meeting, which is open to the public, will be held in room 211 of the Math-Science Building. Title of the talk is "Trying to Save What’s Left: Test Excavations at the Wild Violet Site."
"The Wild Violet Site is a well-preserved but highly endangered prehistoric site on Corps of Engineers property in the Petit Jean River Valley of southern Logan County," said Porter. "Because of its location in the upper Blue Mountain Lake floodplain, the site is subject to periodic flooding, which causes erosion."
Porter said test excavations were conducted there in 2009 in response to the erosion.
"This presentation will describe the test excavations and also discuss upcoming major salvage excavations," he said.
Porter, who has held his current position for the past 14 years, previously worked for various private archaeological contractors, mainly in the Ouachita National Forest. Porter’s research interests include prehistoric Native American and early 19th century historic archeology in the western Arkansas area of the northern Ouachita Mountains.
Porter has also lent his expertise to projects in Logan County before. He conducted two digs at the historic Chism House in Chismville on Highway 23 north of Booneville in 2010.
Porter was also on hand for an explanation of those digs at the site during an Arkansas Historic Preservation Heritage Month event — Arkansans at Work: Booneville Citizens Making History on the Job — in May of last year.
The Fort Smith talk is for a meeting of the Ark-Homa Chapter of the Arkansas Archaeological Society and the Oklahoma Anthropological Society. It is hosted by the research station located at UAFS.
For more information, contact Tim Mulvihill, UAFS research station archaeologist, by telephone at 479-788-7812 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.