Brookes to present arrowhead lecture

Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 19, 2008

Natchez — On Tuesday, Historic Jefferson College in Washington will feature a lunchtime lecture titled “Identifying Indian Arrowheads.”

This will be an introduction to the study of Indian arrowheads.

Attendees will learn how to identify some of the different rocks used to make arrowheads, the different steps of making arrowheads and how to determine their age.

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Attendees are urged to bring points from their collections.

Sam Brookes has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Mississippi.

He has conducted fieldwork in the Natchez Bluffs, Tombigbee, Yazoo Basin (Delta), Southern Mississippi and the Holly Springs areas, as well as Louisiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Alabama, North Carolina and Virginia.

He has served as president of the Mississippi Archaeological Association and the Mississippi Association of Professional Archaeologists and is a founding member and former president of the Mississippi Heritage Trust.

Brookes has authored over 30 articles and several monographs on Mississippi Archaeology. His work on the Hester site, the oldest site in Mississippi, is featured in the Mississippi fifth-grade history book published by McGraw-Hill and the National Geographic Society.

This site is also featured in an article written by Brookes in the forthcoming Mississippi Encyclopedia.

He is a member of the Speakers Bureau of the Mississippi Humanities Council. He is also a member of the New Bourbon Street Dixieland Jazz Society.

The lunchtime lecture program begins at noon, and participants are encouraged to bring a sack lunch.

There is no charge for this presentation, and everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information, please call 601-442-2901 or send e-mail to

Historic Jefferson College is located off U.S. 61, inWashington, four miles north of Natchez.

Historic Jefferson College is a branch of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.