Education Outreach Coordinator
Arkansas Archeological Survey
2465 N. Hatch Ave.
Fayetteville, AR 72704
Arkansas Archaeological Survey
County Extension Agent-4H
Arkansas Project Archaeology Coordinator, Melissa (Mel) Zabecki spent the first 18 years of her life in New Jersey and fled as soon as she graduated high school. Her first stop was a small liberal arts women’s college in western Massachusetts with a junior year abroad at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. After graduating from Mount Holyoke College with a BA in anthropology, she went back for another year to Egypt where she made connections that would bring her back there to work for a month or two every year for the next 15 years. In the meantime, she directed an archaeology lab in Kentucky and then did contract archaeology in Arkansas while completing her masters and doctorate degrees at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville in anthropology with a focus on ancient Egyptian bio- archaeology. She taught various anthropology classes as an adjunct instructor at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville and Fort Smith for 3 years and then left the world of academia. She now works as a Park Interpreter at Parkin Archaeological State Park, teaching visitors and school kids about archaeology and Mississippian Indian culture and past. Mel attended the 2014 Project Archaeology Leadership Academy. She hopes to grow this state program over the next few years by introducing it to State Park Interpreters and Arkansas Archaeological Survey Station Archaeologists.
Mel has already put on a Project Archaeology Workshop! Getting more teachers and contributors to help spread the word about Project Archaeology!
Just wanted to share two pictures with you from last week’s National Association for Interpretation Region VI meeting in Arkansas. Where Project Archaeology Coordinator Mel Harvey introduced about 20 people to Project Archaeology curriculum! Way to go Mel!