Our next regular meeting will be Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 7pm at Santa Rita Cantina's central location, 1206 W 38th St (26 Doors shopping center). 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.


The May program will feature Dr. Thomas R. Hester speaking on

An Overview of a Stratified PaleoIndian Site in South Central Texas

This paper provides a preliminary overview of a stratified Paleoindian deposit at a site in south central Texas. The site was extensively dug by relic collectors in recent decades. These excavations focused on areas of artifact-rich Late Prehistoric and Archaic materials. However, in one part of the site, the deposits were ignored. Thanks to the work, observations, and photographs resulting from excavations by two collector-colleagues, a significant amount of new information has been obtained and is shared here. Their excavations have provided stratified data on Angostura, Scottsbluff, Golondrina, and St. Marys Hall occupations. Large numbers of these points types, accompanied by extensive lithic debris, preforms, manufacturing failures, unifaces and formal tools were found particularly in Golondrina and St. Mary’s Hall contexts. The interaction of professional and collector-colleagues provides one example of how we can approach the future of Texas archaeology, at a time when sites are being destroyed at a record pace.

Photos courtesy of Dr. Thomas R. Hester

Dr. Hester is a native of Carrizo Springs and now lives in Marble Falls. His BA is from UT-Austin in 1969, and his Ph.D. was awarded at UC-Berkeley in 1972. He taught for more than 30 years at UTSA and at UT-Austin. At UTSA he was the founding Director of the Center for Archaeological Research (1974-1987) and subsequently served as the Director of the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory at UT-Austin. He took early retirement at UT-Austin in 2003. The greater part of his research has been done in Texas, where he has directed many excavations in southern and south central Texas, the lower Pecos, and at the early Spanish missions on the Rio Grande in Coahuila. He also directed 15 seasons at the Maya site of Colha in Belize. And, he has also done field work in Egypt, Mexico, California, and Montana, and is the author of more than 600 published books, monographs and articles. He is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at UT-Austin. The TAS presented him with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. He is presently serving on the Board of Directors at the Falls on the Colorado Museum in Marble Falls. He served as President of the Travis County Archeological Society in the late 1960s.

Photos courtesy of Dr. Thomas R. Hester

Wondering what our programs are like? View the list of speakers and topics we've had since 2006.

Upcoming

June 8-15: Texas Archeological Society Field School, Palo Duro Canyon State Park

June 18: NO MEETING IN JUNE

July 16: Members' Slide Show, Texas Archeological Society 2019 Field School. Bring your pictures on a flash drive.

August 20: Drew Sitters will speak on Murrah Cave (Val Verde County) at the August TvCAS meeting

October 11-13: Texas Archeological Society Annual Meeting, Amarillo