Using a grant from the Department of Arkansas Heritage, Polk County’s Quality of Life ( hosted Dr. Mary Beth Trubitt, Archeologist and Research Professor at the Ouachita Center on UA Rich Mountain’s campus, Tuesday, November 14, 2023. Dr. Trubitt is an Archeologist for the Arkansas Archeological Survey and a Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Arkansas. She earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Northwestern University in 1996 and came to Arkansas in 2000. She heads the Survey’s Research Station at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia where she teaches, conducts research, and works with members of the public interested in Arkansas history and archeology.


Those in attendance were UARM staff and professors, students, and many community members. Listeners were informed that Caddo Indians lived in the Ouachita Mountains, while creating flourishing farming communities along the Ouachita, Caddo, and Little Missouri Rivers. Dr. Trubitt showed pictures of early tools, foods, and houses that gave attendees insight into the life of the Caddo Indians in the local area.

For more information about this event at UA Rich Mountain, call 479.394.7622, ext. 1370, email, or visit This program was made possible in part by a grant from the Division of Arkansas Heritage, funded by your 1/8 cent conservation tax, Amendment 75. For more information, visit

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