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story.lead_photo.caption Submitted photo EXCAVATIONS: George Gatliff and Meeks Etchieson at the Bridges site during 2017 excavations.

Ouachita Chapter of Archeological Society to meet Tuesday

The next meeting of the Ouachita Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Fordyce Room at National Park Medical Center, 1910 Malvern Road.

The featured speaker will be Meeks Etchieson, who will present "Testing at the Bridges Estate in Hollywood, Clark County, Arkansas." Etchieson is the Ouachita Chapter vice president and president of the Clark County Historical Association.

Programs are free and open to the public. Email Etchieson at OuachitaChapter@gmail.com for more information.

The Bridges Estate (3CL244) in the eastern edge of Hollywood was tested as a cooperative project between the Clark County Historical Association, the Ouachita Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society, and the Arkansas Archeological Survey in December 2017, a news release said.

There were several underlying purposes for the short testing project: an early county seat of Clark County, in the 1820s, was located in a "town" of Crittenden located in the same quarter-section as the Bridges Estate; an early court of the same time period met in the house of Adam Stroud, who had acquired land adjacent to the same quarter-section; and the Bridges family moved to this location in the late 1840s and the family lived at this site until the recent death of the last family member.

Etchieson grew up in southwest Arkansas. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Memphis State University, now the University of Memphis, in 1973 and a Master of Arts in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz., in 1980. He worked as a project archaeologist in the Contract Archaeology program at West Texas State University from 1976-1979. He then became a staff archaeologist within the Regional Office of the Southwest Region of the Bureau of Reclamation in Amarillo, Texas. He moved back to Arkansas in 1987 as forest archaeologist for the Ouachita National Forest, and retired as the heritage program manager for the ONF.

Society on 02/09/2019

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