October 6, 2006 -- Posted on 5:48 p.m. CDT
POCAHONTAS, AR -- The excavations at Old Davidsonville State Park started in the early 1980's and have continued over the past few years. Now, some of the artifacts uncovered are being displayed in the Randolph County Heritage Museum.
"When you look at Old Davidsonville in 1815 it was Arkansas' territories first courthouse and first post office. What's coming out of the ground is telling the story for future generations," said Arkansas Parks Director Greg Butts.
"To know where we are going, we have to know where we have been, that's what these artifacts represent. They're a tool for us to learn from," said Linda Collins-Smith.
Now those tools are on display in a new exhibit at the museum.
"It really made me stop and think that our history... you can read about it, but until you actually stop and look at it, you don't really realize how important our history is to everyone," said resident Bill Masiongale.
Archeologist Tom Green said doing the digs and showcasing the findings is important because, once you get beyond written record, the digs are the only record that we have of human history.
"If you look at the artifacts in there, I think what is surprising is all the painted tea cups from England and china from England," said Tom Green.