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Our next regular meeting will be  Tuesday, March 19, 2024.  
Casa Chapala, 9041 Research Blvd. #100 (Hwy 183 and Burnet Rd.)

The February meeting featured Douglas K. Boyd (Senior Archeologist, Stantec, Inc.) speaking on

The Little Sunday Site and the Nighthawk Bison Jump: New Data on the Late Archaic Bison Hunters of the Texas Panhandle and Western Oklahoma.

Excavations at the Little Sunday Site. Photo by Earl Nottingham for Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine

The Little Sunday Complex represents the Late Archaic bison hunting peoples in the Texas Panhandle from around 2,000 BCE to 600 CE (ca. 3,850 to 1,350 years ago), while the Summers Complex represents the same cultural manifestation in Western Oklahoma. This paper presents a historical overview of the Little Sunday (named in 1955) and Summers (named in 1966) Complexes, and the first-identified Little Sunday Complex is the preferred name for this cultural complex. This review focuses on the key site types and sites identified as residential base camps, arroyo-trap bison kills, secondary bison processing localities, and burial. The “Youth Group” excavations at the Little Sunday site during the 2019 Texas Archeological Society Field School provide a better understanding of this important residential base “type” site. In addition, the recent discovery and investigations at the Nighthawk Bison Jump site in Caprock Canyons State Park seem to confirm the use of bison cliff jumps as a hunting strategy. Of particular interest is the growing body of radiocarbon dates that strongly suggest the transition from the use of atlatls and large dart points to the bow-and-arrow occurred over several centuries, with concurrent evidence of violence between cultural groups.

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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