As the dissertation-related phase of this project is now complete, we do not have plans for more fieldwork at Dooley’s Ferry at present, though it’s not too far in the future!

If you enjoy digging with us in the past, or would like to learn, consider becoming a member of the Arkansas Archeological Society!

Volunteering with the Arkansas Archeological Survey at Dooley’s Ferry
We typically start around 8:30 and dig until 3:30.

No experience is required to join us, but please contact me in advance so that I am aware of your arrival and can plan for staffing allocation. We provide the excavation equipment.

Please wear closed-toed shoes and long pants. It is up to you to take adequate sun and insect protection measures. Bringing a pair of work gloves is highly advised.


We will provide water on site from coolers. There is a small convenience store in Spring Hill (the Spring Hill Grocery & Grill) that has a lunch counter in it, if you would prefer a hot lunch and a restroom break. At a greater distance, there is a small grocery store and also a burger/ice cream joint (Burge’s) in Lewisville. Mostly, we eat lunch in the field, so a pack lunch is fine, if you prefer.


There are no restroom facilities at Dooley’s Ferry, so please plan accordingly. The nearest facilities are at the Spring Hill Grocery & Grill, six miles north up CR7/AR355. Please be courteous and purchase something if you use their facilities.


If coming from far afield, and you want to stay close to the site, there are hotels available in Hope and Stamps.

Also, you can stay at the Vandenberg Bunk House at Historic Washington State Park for $20/night. Contact Debbie Martin (; 870-983-2684) to make a reservation.


For directions to the site, or to make contact about joining us, please contact me at:


870-235-4230 (office)