Website features quartz-like rock

novaculiteThe Arkansas Archeological Survey’s research station at Henderson State University has developed a new website that describes and illustrates novaculite from the Ouachita Mountains as an important resource that was chipped into stone by Native Americans in the past, and is manufactured into whetstones today. Novaculite is a hard, dense, white-to-grayish-black sedimentary rock, composed of microcrystalline quartz.

The website, entitled Arkansas Novaculite: A Virtual Comparative Collection, is intended to be an educational resource for people interested in Arkansas history, archeology and Native Americans of Arkansas, according to Dr. Mary Beth Trubit, station archeologist. The site also aims to be a research tool for archeologists who need to identify novaculite from archeological sites. It includes an interactive map and high-quality photographs that illustrate the range of novaculite colors and textures.

Go to to view the site. To learn more about Henderson’s research station, please go to

The project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Arkansas Archeological Survey is a unit of the University of Arkansas System. For more information, please contact Trubitt at (870) 230-5510 or