Archeology Teaching & Research Faculty

George Sabo III

George Sabo III

Director AR Archaeological Survey

Arkansas Archeological Survey

(ARAS)-Arkansas Archeological Survey

Phone: 479-575-6375

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After completing a dissertation on Baffinland Inuit adaptations to the ecological impacts of long-term climate changes, George Sabo left the land of snow, ice, and polar bears to join the Arkansas Archeological Survey and Anthropology Department in 1979. He became Director of the Arkansas Archeological Survey in 2013.  His research centers on human/environment relationships, expressive culture (art and ritual) among Southeastern Indians from pre-contact to modern times, American Indian interactions with European explorers and colonists in the Southeast, and the anthropology of history in modern Caddo, Osage and Quapaw communities in Oklahoma.  Sabo's current projects include a study of 15th - 18th century art, ritual and social interaction in the central Arkansas River Valley.

ANTH 4813 Ethnographic Approaches to the Past
ANTH 3263/5263 Indians of Arkansas and the South
ANTH/ENDY 6033 Society and Environment

Ph.D. Michigan State University


Paths of Our Children: The Historic Indians of Arkansas, by George Sabo III. Arkansas Archeological Survey Popular Series No. 3, Fayetteville (1992, revised 2001).

The Quapaw Indians of Arkansas, 1673-1803, by George Sabo III. In Indians of the Greater Southeast: Historical Archaeology and Ethnohistory, edited by Bonnie G. McEwan (pp. 178-203). University Press of Florida, Gainesville (2000).

First Encounters: Native Americans and Europeans in the Mississippi Valley: An Interactive CD-ROM, by George Sabo III, Linda C. Jones, and Luis F. Restrepo. Arkansas Archeological Survey, Fayetteville (2000).

Arkansas: A Narrative History, by Jeannie M. Whayne, Thomas A. DeBlack, George Sabo III, and Morris S. Arnold. University of Arkansas Press, Fayetteville (2002).

Caddo, by J. Daniel Rogers and George Sabo III. In Handbook of North American Indians, Volume 14: Southeast (edited by Raymond D. Fogelson (pp. 616-631). Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (2004)

Dancing into the Past: Colonial Legacies in Modern Caddo Indian Ceremony. In A Whole Country in Commotion: The Louisiana Purchase and the American Southwest, edited by Patrick G. Williams, S. Charles Bolton, and Jeannie M. Whayne (pp. 149-168). The University of Arkansas Press, Fayetteville (2005).

Rock Art in Arkansas, edited by George Sabo III and Deborah L. Sabo. Arkansas Archeological Survey Popular Series No. 5, Fayetteville, AR (2005).

Exploring the Potential of Web-Based Social Process Experiential Simulations, by Ann Shortridge and George Sabo III. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia (2005) 14(4): 375-390.

Mortuary Ritual and Winter Solstice Imagery of the Harlan-Style Charnel House, by Marvin Kay and George Sabo III. Southeastern Archaeology Vol. 25, No. 1 (Summer 2006), pp. 29-47.

"Rock Art and the Study of Ancient Religions in Southeastern North America" by George Sabo III. In /Religion, Archaeology, and the Material World/, edited by Lars Fogelin, pp. 279-296. Center for Archaeological Investigations Occasional Paper No. 36. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (2008).

"The Teran Map and Caddo Cosmology" by George Sabo III. In The Archaeology of the Caddo, edited by Timothy K. Perttula and Chester P. Walker, pp. 431-447 (2012, University of Nebraska Press).

The Ritual Use of Caves and Rockshelters in Ozark Prehistory, by George Sabo III, Jerry E. Hilliard, and Jami J. Lockhart.  In Sacred Darkness: A Global Perspective on the Ritual Use of Caves, edited by Holley Moyes (pp. 237-246).  University Press of Colorado, Boulder (2012).

Arkansas: A Narrative History (2nd edition), by Jeannie M. Whayne, Thomas A. DeBlack, George Sabo III, and Morris S. Arnold.  The University of Arkansas Press, Fayetteville (2013).

Cosmological Landscapes and Exotic Gods: American Indian Rock Art in Arkansas, by George Sabo III, Jerry E. Hilliard, and Leslie C. Walker. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 25(1, 2015) :261-273