Our next regular meeting will be  Tuesday, October 17, 2023.  
Casa Chapala, 9041 Research Blvd. #100 (Hwy 183 and Burnet Rd.)

The September program featured Sergio J. Ayala (The Prehistory Research Project/TARL) speaking on

The Clovis and Older-than-Clovis Assemblages from the Gault site, Area 15 Excavation Block

The Area 15 Excavation Block at the Gault site proved that the Buttermilk Creek locality, well known for its abundance of Clovis evidence, also held deeper, older cultural deposits. This short talk will cover the Clovis and Older than Clovis assemblages and their distinctive technological patterns.

Dr. Ayala was born and raised in Jourdanton, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Science in anthropology from Texas State University in San Marcos, and completed his Master's and PhD work at the University of Exeter, UK, under Dr. Bruce Bradley and Dr. Linda Hurcombe. He has been a part of the Gault School of Archaeological Research (GSAR) since 2011, mentored under Dr. Michael B. Collins and Dr. Clark Wernecke, and became the Executive Director of GSAR in 2022. Ayala's background specializes in experimental archaeology, chipped stone analyses, and is in involved with Paleoindian and Archaic research in Texas, the High and Southern Plains, Belize, and South America. Dr. Ayala is currently at the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory, where he manages the Prehistory Research Project. He has two daughters, Olivia and Cary, and he lives in north Austin.

Photos courtesy of Dr. Sergio J. Ayala

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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Wondering what our programs are like? View the list of speakers and topics we've had since 2006. Or watch a few of our pandemic-era programs on our YouTube channel