Lakeport Legacies · September 27 · Casqui and Hernando de Soto’s Cross: Is Parkin the Place? · Dr. Jeffrey Mitchem (Arkansas Archeological Survey)
Casqui and Hernando de Soto’s Cross: Is Parkin the Place?
Dr. Jeffrey Mitchem
(Arkansas Archeological Survey-Parkin Research Station)
Thursday, September 27
Refreshments & Conversation @ 5:30 pm
Program @ 6:00 pm
On July 5, 1541, the Hernando de Soto expedition erected a large wooden cross atop the main ceremonial mound at Casqui. That site is believed by archeologists to be the Parkin Site in Cross County, Arkansas.
In 1966, archeologists discovered the remains wooden post atop in the main ceremonial mound. While samples taken in 1966 dated to the post to between (1515-1663). A new excavation of the post in 2016 holds the promise of precision and a date closer to de Soto’s arrival in what is now eastern Arkansas.
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