Travis County Archeological Society

Our next regular meeting will be Tuesday, November 20, 2018 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 November program will feature

The Llano Uplift Archeological Society -- Jim Wukasch (LUAS President), Buddy Whitley (Texas Archeological Stewardship Network, LUAS), Pat Hatten (LUAS), Doris Howard (TASN, LUAS), and Chuck Hixson (LUAS)

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History and Archaeology at the Baker Site (41SS192) on the San Saba River at Sloan, Texas

Photo by Leslie Bush

Baker is located in the general vicinity where in 1847 German settlers of the Aldelsverein signed a treaty with southern Comanche groups. LUAS is investigating an earlier use of the site, specifically a Late Prehistoric/early historic Native American camping area spread out between the river and what was once a spring-fed lake. We are attempting to map the horizontal extent of the Toyah occupation using shovel tests and isolated test units. At this point in the investigation we know the Toyah component covers twelve acres with the potential for being much larger. In addition, we have opened excavation blocks in two areas with concentrations of Caddo ceramics.



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


Upcoming

December 16: Winter Holiday Party in Bastrop! 2-5pm. Location details forthcoming via email.

January 15: Regular meeting with speaker Ron Ralph (Goshawk Environmental Consulting, Inc.) on the cemetery excavations near Sugarland that have been covered by CNN and the Washington Post as well as the local Fort Bend newspaper.

February 19: Regular meeting with speaker Andrew Malof, LCRA archeologist, topic TBA.

President Nick Morgan (right) presented Elton Prewitt with Honorary Membership in the Travis County Archeological Society at the March 8, 2018 meeting.