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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Bead workshop at Parkin Archeological State Park

Event: Bead Workshop
Date: Saturday, August 17th
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: Parkin Archeological State Park Visitor Center
Cost: $15/person, ages 12 and up please.

Come to a brand new workshop at Parkin Archeological State Park!!!  One of the greatest Spanish artifacts found at the Parkin Site is the glass chevron bead, which was possibly traded by a member of the de Soto expedition to an inhabitant of ancient Casqui in 1541. Come learn the technique of how this bead and other types were made. Dr. Jeff Mitchem, Parkin Station Archeologist, will give a talk on beads at archeological sites and then you will have a chance to make similar beads, but in clay instead of glass, and take home what you make. What a great way to spend a hot Saturday afternoon! A workshop fee of $15 covers instruction and materials. Ages 12 and up. Please call or email Park Interpreter Mel to register at 870-755-2500 or

Chevron bead found at the Parkin Site, now on display at the Parkin Archeological State Park Museum, 60 Hwy 184 N in Parkin, AR. Image courtesy of Dr. Jeff Mitchem.

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