The monthly meeting of the Ark-Homa Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society and the Oklahoma Anthropological Society will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 in the Latture Conference Center at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith.

Jerry Hilliard with Arkansas Archeology Survey will give a talk titled Native American Protohistoric Houses at Carden Bottoms. Hilliard will discuss archeological investigations conducted between 2010 and 2012 at the Carden Bottoms in the Arkansas River Valley that reveal a thriving settlement during the Protohistoric Dark Ages.

He has published books including An Antebellum Ozark Community and the Civil War: The Archeology of the Second Mount Comfort Church (3WA880), Washington County, Arkansas (1840-ca. 1865) and The Archeology of Rock Art at the Narrows Rock Shelter.

Hilliard has worked in archeology for over 40 years, the last 35 being with the Arkansas Archeological Survey. He received a bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University and his master’s from the University of Arkansas.

This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mulvihill at 479-788-7812 or