Ozarks Chapter of the Missouri Archaeological Society

Chapter Information

Welcome to the Ozarks Chapter of the Missouri Archaeological Society (MAS), hosted by the Missouri State Center for Archaeological Research. As a part of the MAS, the Chapter welcomes anyone who supports the purposes of the society, which are:

  • To unite those interested in the archaeology of Missouri
  • To promote cooperation among professional and amateur archaeologists
  • To promote the study, investigation, and interpretation of prehistoric and historic remains in Missouri
  • To provide for the dissemination of knowledge and research in archaeology and related disciplines
  • To provide for the recording, preservation, and display of remains and sites in Missouri, and for the educational use of such information
  • To promote a constructive public attitude toward these remains

Our members come from all walks of life, most with no formal training in archaeology. All, however, share an interest in archaeology. We are fortunate indeed to have professional archaeologists within Missouri State who are more than willing to share their knowledge and experience as part of our membership.
Dues are only $5 a year. You can also join the MAS for $25 a year.

The principal activity of the Ozarks Chapter is the monthly meeting (see below). During our meetings, we have programs that are enjoyable learning experiences. We are continually showing artifacts that we've found and determining types and estimated ages. We also participate in archaeological excavations, usually under the leadership of CAR staff. We do not engage in the trade or sale of artifacts, and we encourage everyone to responsibly learn about our country's past.

You're Invited!

Come as our guest, share our enthusiasm for archaeology, and by all means bring your artifacts for all to see and enjoy. While we encourage it, you do not need to be a member to attend our meetings.

WHEN: The first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The date sometimes varies due to conflicts with Missouri State events.

WHERE: Usually at the Missouri State Center for Archaeological Research, 622 South Kimbrough, Springfield (just south of Cherry Street). Park in the rear and enter from the parking lot side. The laboratory has many artifacts on display.

WHO: Contact the Center for Archaeological Research at 417-836-5363.

Next Meeting

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Next Meeting: Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: MSU Meyer Library, Room 101, Parking in lot 19

Featured Presenter: Eric Fuller, "Osage Use of Plants In and Around Smallin Cave" in Meyer Library, Room 101 on Wednesday, May 1st at 7:00pm

Abstract:  200 years ago, Henry Rowe Schoolcraft and Levi Pettibone made a trip through the Ozark wilderness searching for lead. During their trip they visited Smallin cave, north of modern-day Ozark, Missouri. Come hear Henry Schoolcraft reflect on what he saw at the cave and how the cave looks today. Then listen as Eric Fuller describes how the Schoolcraft bicentennial was celebrated at Smallin Cave with visits from the Osage and other events. Hands-on displays of geologic specimens and Osage items will be present.