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Archaeology Talk

A Nontraditional Steatite Quarry in Northern Tallapoosa County, Alabama by Van D. King

Monday, 6:00 pm, April 4, 2016, at The Archaeology Museum, University of South Alabama, Mobile


Van King has been conducting research on prehistoric steatite quarry sites in Alabama.  One of these sites that is considered a traditional quarry site may be the southernmost steatite quarry in the U.S., similar to quarries in the Eastern Appalachian region.  Just north of this quarry is another quarry site that he considers to be nontraditional as it appears that prehistoric people of the Late Archaic period were extracting stone from sources other than bedrock. Come learn about his research.  He will bring several examples of quarry tools and bowl preforms from the site. 


Van D. King, Jr. graduated from Jacksonville State University and did Masters studies in Anthropology at the University of UA.  He worked for Office of Archaeological Research for many years, and is currently working with Robert E. Perry & Associates.  He has served as past and present president of Alabama Archaeological Society,  and president of Cullman and Huntsville AAS chapters several times over the years.  As an Experimental Archaeologist, he  flintknaps, reproduces stone vessels, smoking pipes, gorgets, and other artifacts, using traditional tools and methods.  His specialty is in lithic analysis and research. Van is traveling around the state, meeting with different AAS chapters to talk with members about what they think about our organization and get their suggestions and ideas on how to improve the AAS.


Sponsored by the Southwest Chapter of the Alabama Archaeological Society and USA Archaeology Museum. Free and open to everyone. For more information contact Bonnie Gums, 251-460-6562 or  

Earlier Event: March 29
Open Club House
Later Event: April 5
Open House