Please join us for a Winter Holiday Gathering (no program) on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at Casa Chapala
Our next regular meeting will be January 17, 2023.
Casa Chapala, 9041 Research Blvd. #100 (Hwy 183 and Burnet Rd.)

The November program featured

Christopher Lintz, Research Associate, Texas State University, speaking on

Stone Tool Cache Diversity Across the Southern Plains: Insights into Prehistoric Behaviors and Cache Functions.

Chipped stone caches are often regarded as rare occurrences from prehistoric Southern Plains sites. However, some 331 caches have been reported in published and online sources from Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas (T-O-K-Area). This talk clarifies what constitutes a cache, explores the diversity of caches, and examines the distribution of chipped stone caches across the southern Plains. More than 126 kinds of chert and quartzite resources outcrop in the T-O-K Area; yet only ten of these were used for making items for stone caching purposes. The distribution of specific kinds of caches relative to bedrock source outcrop, and their occurrences representative of chipped stone manufacturing-use-discard-recycle stages provides insights into caching behaviors. Differences in lithic materials comprising caches provide insights into interaction boundaries. The condition and kinds of implements comprising the cache composition suggests that sometimes age-grade and gender specific activities can be reconstructed from these kinds of features.

Chris Lintz grew up in western Nevada where he started his archeological career in 1963 working three summers for the Nevada State Museum, while a high school student. He earned his BA (1970) from Arizona State University and his M.A. (1975) and Ph.D. (1984) degrees from the University of Oklahoma. He worked for 30 years conducting and directing contract archeological projects in 17 states and Puerto Rico, and served as the first Wildlife Division Archeologist for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He is currently a semi-retired Research Associate with Texas State University, where he is still conducting research on the prehistoric ceramic period cultures of the southern Plains. He has been a member of many local and regional archeological societies, including the Texas Archeological Society for the past 48 years, and has served as the President of the Plains Anthropological Society.

Photos courtesy of Christopher Lintz.

Wondering what our programs are like? View the list of speakers and topics we've had since 2006. Or watch a few of the more recent programs on our YouTube channel.

The next regular meeting will be held on our usual schedule, the third Tuesday of the month at 7pm at Casa Chapala's Austin location, 9041 Research Blvd., Suite 100 (Hwy 183 and Burnet Rd.) Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, except June and December. They are free and open to the public. For those who wish to come early, we gather around 5:45 PM for dinner, drinks, and fellowship. The short business meeting starts at 7:00 PM, followed by the guest speaker's presentation.


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