Our next regular meeting will be January 18, 2022 via Zoom.

The November program featured

Victor Galan speaking on

Excavations of the Woodland and Caddoan occupations at the Honey Locust Site (41SM476) Sabine River Basin, Smith County, Texas

The Honey Locust site (41SM476) provided a unique opportunity to examine multiple Woodland and Caddoan features on the same site. Shovel testing, test units, and backhoe trenching found Middle Archaic to Caddo artifacts while a magnetometer survey identified 11 anomalies but no discernible Caddoan structures. Block excavations at seven of the anomalies found burnt rock clusters alongside a variety of Archaic and Woodland Period dart points. Mechanical stripping of the site revealed an additional 23 burned rock features and 14 post/Pit features scattered across the site along with 13 Middle Caddo burials in distinct clusters.

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.

Photo courtesy of Victor Galan

Biographical sketch

Victor Galan participated in the documentation, testing, and excavation in numerous archaeological sites within the Caddo region over the last 30 years. As an undergraduate, at Stephen F Austin State University, he participated in several surveys and he was the student assistant on the Archaic/Caddo Mast (41NA157) site. During his Masters degree at the University of Arkansas, he documented and participated in testing of multiple Caddoan sites within the Ouachita Mountains. His work at EH&A included testing multiple sites in Northeast Texas and serving as Principal Investigator at the Caddo Ear Spool (41TT653) site. Upon returning to Nacogdoches, he directed two SFASU field schools at the Spradley Sign (41NA206) site, conducted surveys and testing efforts across the Caddo region, and served as Co-Principal investigator for excavations at the Honey Locust (41SM476) with his experience and PhD from Texas A&M University.

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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.


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