- SAU archaeologists connect past to future
Indiana Jones’ adventures might be often associated with archaeology, but Dr. Carl C. Drexler describes the field as more than that. “It ties in the past with how we live today,” he said. “We use that information to think about how people might live in the future.”
Drexler is the station archaeologist for the Southern Arkansas University Research Station of the Arkansas Archaeological Survey (AARS-SAU), located on the first floor of the Bruce Center. The station was established in 1967 as one of the original eight founded in 1967-68, when SAU was known as Southern State College. Drexler took over as station archaeologist in 2015, following Dr. Frank Shambach, who ran the station from 1968-2006, when Dr. Jamie Brandon took over until 2014. “In 38 years of service, he had done more and studied more than anyone else in his area, which is pre-contact Caddoan and pre-Caddoan cultures,” Drexler said of Shambach.