BREAKING NEWS . . .
GENERAL MEETING, January 20, 2018
Doors open at 12:30 pm with refreshments. Lecture begins at 1:00 pm.
Speaker: Dr. David Maltsberger PhD, Professor, School of Religion and Philosophy, Wayland Baptist University, San Antonio campus
Lecture Title: "With My Own Two Hands": A Survey of Domestic, Military, and Agricultural Lithic Artifacts in the Ancient Near East
The lithic story of the Ancient Near East extends from the Paleolithic period into later periods when copper, bronze, and iron implements began to appear alongside earlier stone tools. Yet, the widespread use of stone tools and weapons did not entirely diminish in the Bronze and Iron Ages.
Domestic hand tools, agricultural blades, and mace heads and slingstones provide insights into the extended functionality of these utilitarian collections that allowed for the settlement and conquest of the Near East despite changes in social structures and political rule.
Beginning with a survey of the development and spread of stone tools across the cultural spectrum, we will examine how various lithic assemblages that appeared by the Neolithic Period evolved and remained an integral part of the life of the peoples of the Levant for millennia side by side with their more durable metal counterparts.
David Maltsberger serves as a Professor in the School of Religion and Philosophy at Wayland Baptist University's San Antonio campus. Since 1984 he has participated in and served as principle investigator on archaeological projects in Israel, Jordan, and Turkey.
His work has included studies of Late Bronze Age scarabs and seals in Israel, several surveys of Jordanian megalithic funerary monuments of the Early Bronze Age, and, more recently, studies of Greco-Roman sacred iconography in SE Turkey. He and his wife Elaine live in Boerne and have four adult children.
Location: Riverside Nature Center – 150 Francisco Lemos, Kerrville, Texas 78028
Held at General Meeting
January 20, 2018!
You are invited to participate in a fun contest and learning experience at our General Meeting on January 20th.
This contest is about something we have just learned regarding the HCAA’s Kemosabe Archeology site. This occupational site is approximately 80 acres in size and the HCAA team has worked on it for four years. The Kemosabe team has recently assembled all of the data necessary to make an estimate of the total number of times Indians cooked with hot rocks (i.e., episodes or events) to form the largest of four fire cracked rock (fcr) middens we see at the site today. Click here for more information.
You are invited to guess the number of cooking episodes for this large midden when you come to our General Meeting on January 20th. Simply submit your “number of cooking episodes” and your name on a piece of paper. Give this to the proper HCAA officials at the meeting. They will then review the answers and announce a winner.
The prizes will be meaningful!
FIELD & LAB TRAINING COURSE ANNOUNCEMENT
2018 HCAA FIELD & LAB TRAINING COURSE
Beginning in March the HCAA will offer a five part course in Field and Lab Techniques. This course has been taught by HCAA since 2009 and is particularly helpful to members who want to do site work. To review the course curriculum, simply click the SUMMARY here.
This summary more fully describes the course, as well as an advanced course for graduates of the initial course who want to become Principal Archeologists, who can then lead teams of members to work archeological sites. There is no charge for the course. However, there is a 106 page manual compiled by the HCAA which is not mandatory but recommended. The manual will cost somewhere between $30-$40 (our last price quote was for the 2016 course, and was $30).
Each session of the 5 part course is between 3-4 hours and takes place in the lab or in the field. Exact times for each session will be determined by the number of students and their schedules. The HCAA tries to accommodate personal schedules to maximize the number of students attending each class.
If you are interested in taking this class, please contact STEVE STOUTAMIRE or cell 830-370-8947.
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Another generous donation has been received by the HCAA from Mr. Marvin Glasgow. Mr. Glasgow delivered hard copies of annual bulletins for the Texas Archeology Society covering over the last 30 years.
In an earlier donation this year Mr. Glasgow gave the HCAA an extensive collection of his lithic artifacts. These have already served a major purpose as they were used as teaching materials by the HCAA for the Texas A & M Summer Institute for Texas elementary and high school teachers held in Kerrville the week of July 31, 2017.
Thanks again Marvin!"
NEWS FROM HCAA FIELDWORK
Kemosabe Project - March 2017
Operations continue at the large Kemosabe site and are yielding some valuable information. There have been 25 square meters of excavations so far plus 7 back hoe trench excavations. Diagnostic materials indicate a multi-component site ranging in age from Early Archaic to Late Prehistoric.
Multiple discrete features have been found thus far within the Early Archaic levels and several have associated charcoal, bone and diagnostic lithics. The HCAA has been working this site for 3 1/2 years and there is no end in sight as new and valuable information continues to be revealed from excavations.