Our next regular meeting will be Tuesday, August 20, 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 August program will feature Drew Sitters, Texas Historical Commission Archeologist, on
The Murrah Cave Collection: A Rockshelter in Val Verde County, Texas
In 1937, Dr. William Curry Holden, then professor at Texas Technological College (now Texas Tech University), led an expedition south into Val Verde County, Texas, to excavate a pristine rockshelter known as Murrah Cave. Situated high above the Pecos River, Murrah Cave remained hidden from looters and the elements lending to its phenomenal preservation of perishable cultural remains. While Dr. Holden’s field records have been lost, the artifact collection provides valuable insight into the lives of site occupants dating from the Early Archaic through the Late Prehistoric period. Clay figurines, cactus spine fishhooks, and a leather loin cloth are just a few of the items recovered during the 1937 excavations. This presentation provides a glimpse into the Murrah Cave collection and offers possible avenues of research that, despite a lack of provenance, can still contribute to our understanding of prehistoric life in the Lower Pecos.
Julian (Drew) Sitters is the West Texas Regional Archaeologist and Reviewer at the Texas Historical Commission. After graduating with a M.A. from the University of Wyoming in 2012, Drew has carried out archaeological investigations from New Mexico to Louisiana and everywhere in between. He currently serves as the Treasurer for the Texas Archeological Society and is the Texas Representative for the Caddo Conference Organization.
Photo courtesy of Drew Sitters, Texas Historical Commission