Our next regular meeting will be February 15, 2022 via Zoom.

The January program featured

Leslie L. Bush (Macrobotanical Analysis) speaking on

A History of Caddo Agriculture in East Texas, 930 - 1730 CE

This talk traces the history of plant cultivation in East Texas, where the ancestors of today's Caddo Indians grew a variety of crops. The Three Sisters (corn, beans, and squash) are perhaps the most familiar, but they were not the only plants cultivated, nor were they the first. This talk traces the individual history of several crops with special attention to how each plant is connected to other plants and other practices in the field and on the table.

A Zoom link will be sent via the TvCAS email list the Sunday before the meeting. The Zoom room will open at 6:30 for social time prior to a brief business meeting and the program.

Photos courtesy of Leslie Bush

Biographical sketch

Leslie L. Bush is a paleoethnobotanist, an archeologist who specializes in identifying bits of plants preserved on archeological sites, usually in the form of charcoal and occasionally as waterlogged or desiccated plant parts. She received her Ph.D. from Indiana University in 2001, and her dissertation was published by the University of Alabama Press. Through her consulting practice, Macrobotanical Analysis, she has worked on sites in nineteen states including Maryland, Florida, Iowa, Montana, Indiana, and Texas. Dr. Bush is currently working on plant material recovered from Fort St. Louis (41VT4) and the Harrison-Greenbelt Site (41DY17).

Below: Burned corn cob parts (cupules) from Site 41AN162

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

When conditions allow, the next regular meeting will be held on our usual schedule, the third Tuesday of the month 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.


No in-person events are planned at this time. Check our Facebook page or join our mailing list for information on virtual meetings and online resources.