General Meeting, March 17, 2018
Doors open at 12:30 pm with refreshments. Lecture begins at 1:00 pm.
Speaker: Dr. Michael J. O'Brien, Provost, Texas A&M University-San Antonio & Professor of History, Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Lecture Title: "CULTURAL LEARNING AND THE CLOVIS COLONIZATION OF NORTH AMERICA"
The timing of the earliest colonization of North America is debatable, but what is not at issue is the point of origin of the early colonists: Humans entered the continent from Beringia and then made their way south along or near the Pacific Coast and/or through a corridor that ran between the Cordilleran and Laurentide ice sheets in western North America. At some point, they abandoned their Arctic-based tool complex for one more adapted to an entirely different environment.
That new techno-complex is termed “Clovis,” and its dispersal allows us to examine, at a fine scale, how colonization processes played out across a vast continent that at the time had at best a very small resident population. Clovis has figured prominently in American archaeology since the first Clovis points were identified in eastern New Mexico in the 1930s, but the successful marriage of learning models grounded in evolutionary theory and modern analytical methods that began roughly a decade ago has begun to pay significant dividends in terms of what we know about the rapid spread of human groups across the last sizable landmass to witness human occupation.
Michael J. O’Brien was born in Houston in 1950 and graduated from St. Thomas High School in Houston in 1968. His undergraduate degree is from Rice University (1972) and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin (1977). After graduation he served as a research associate at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln until 1980, when he joined the University of Missouri as an assistant professor of anthropology and director of the American Archaeology Division, the research arm of the anthropology department.
He became director of the Museum of Anthropology several years later and joined the College of Arts and Science dean’s office as associate dean for research. He was promoted to the rank of professor in 1989 and became dean of arts and science in 2006 following a national search.
O’Brien is best known for his work in evolutionary archaeology and biology and has authored or edited 26 books and written over 150 articles, which have appeared in journals such as Science, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Journal of Human Evolution, and Journal of Theoretical Biology. O’Brien and his wife, Gloria, have five grown children and a rather lazy cat, Marley.
Location: Riverside Nature Center – 150 Francisco Lemos, Kerrville, Texas 78028
FIELD & LAB TRAINING COURSE ANNOUNCEMENT
SORRY, COURSE IS FULL ALREADY!!
Contact Steve to get on waiting list for current course in case someone drops,
and puts you in the queue for 2020 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.
Texas Archeology Society Bulletins donated to HCAA!
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. These bulletins and other publications are available to all members in our HCAA library, at the Riverside Nature Center!
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.