Archeological Digs Continue Along U.S. 63 in Poinsett and Crittenden Counties

NOVEMBER 15, 2004 - Posted at 7:26 a.m. CST

GILMORE, AR - Residents of the Arkansas Delta are accustomed to turning up the occasional arrowhead or spear point in newly plowed fields.  So they know that the region was occupied long before any European explorers or settlers reached the area.

Between Tyronza and Gilmore in northern Crittenden County, a team is at work turning up some of the details of the lives those previous occupants lived.  The archeological work is being done in advance of the widening of U.S. 63 to interstate standards.

At one site, the archeological team has turned up a 42-foot circle of dark marks in the soil, signs of supporting posts for a structure.  Archeologist Carol Spears says the structure could have been a large council house used by the Indians who once lived there.

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