AMDA Arkansas 2018

Poison Spring Battlefield, Arkansas

Advanced Metal Detecting for the Archaeologist (AMDA) will host its 14th class offering on December 14-16, 2018. We will be training on the site of the Battle of Poison Spring, near Camden, Arkansas. We are partnering with the Arkansas Archeological Survey and the Ouachita County Historical Society.

AMDA is certified under the Register of Professional Archaeologists’ continuing professional education program. The goal of the class is to provide professional archaeologists with an understanding of current best practices in metal detecting, and to provide the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with a variety of devices from a variety of manufacturers.

The course is offered as 24-credits. There are 8 hours of classroom work and, the field portion is 16 hours. Fees will be $350 for 24 credits.

The field sessions will be held on the Poison Spring battlefield, which is owned by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. Classroom sessions will take place at the Leake-Ingham Building in Camden, which served as the headquarters of the Freedmen’s Bureau after the war.

The Battle of Poison Spring took place April 18, 1864, and was a major engagement on the Camden Expedition, the last campaign of the American Civil War in Arkansas. The aftermath of the fighting included one of the most notorious incidents of the war, as wounded black troops from the 1st Kansas Colored Infantry were killed by the Confederate victors. Our goal for this class will be to establish the location of the initial stages of the engagement and recover artifacts related to the fighting.

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Class size is limited to 30.

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Classroom Location at Leake-Ingham Building in Camden

Field Location at Poison Spring Battlefield