Abstracts of Talks:
First Speaker – Robert Lassen’s presentation is titled “History and Archaeology at Folsom, New Mexico, and Its Lasting Effects on Our Understanding of the Initial Peopling of the Americas.” Essentially, he will begin with the controversy surrounding the peopling of the Americas in the start of the 20th century, and discusses how the Folsom discovery in 1928 resolved that issue (along with Blackwater Draw further refining our understanding). Then he will cover the emergence of the Clovis first model, followed by summaries of various archaeological sites that illustrate how the Clovis first model is no longer valid. Lassen will conclude by bringing it back to the original controversy surrounding the Folsom discovery and discuss that despite all we’ve learned, the basic arguments haven’t changed all that much.
Second Speaker – Sergio Ayala’s talk and power point presentation will be on the study Ayala and students did on all the various quarry blanks, etc. on a property in Gillespie County.
Bios of Speakers
Robert Lassen is currently a post-doctoral researcher working for the Gault School of Archaeological Research in its headquarters at Texas State University. He has a PhD in anthropology from the University of Tennessee, as well as an MA from Texas A&M and a BA from Southwestern University in Georgetown. Lassen has been interested in archaeology since grade school and participated in the Fort Bend County and Houston Archaeological Societies when in high school. Although his current work centers on academic research, he also worked for Hicks and Company doing CRM archaeology in 2006-2007. His interests revolve around lithic technology with focus on Paleoindian technology and has also been educating himself in Central Texas Archaic lithics as well.
Sergio Ayala is a Central Texas native and received his Bachelors of Science in archaeology from Texas State University. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Exeter, UK, under Dr. Bruce Bradley. Sergio balances his graduate study with his work as a project archaeologist for The Gault School of Archaeological Research at Texas State University, where he focuses heavily on experimental archaeology and lithic analysis. His research has developed new insights into technological behaviors of the Calf-Creek Horizon, and he is spearheading additional research that explores wider technological patterns and traits within highly specialized lithic industries in North American prehistory.
HCAA GENERAL MEETING, November 19, 2016, 12:30pm
Lecture Title: TO BE ANNOUNCED
Speakers: Steve Stoutamire and other Hill Country Archeology Association Principal Investigators will review current and recent HCAA archeological site work
Location: Riverside Nature Center – 150 Francisco Lemos, Kerrville, Texas 78028
NEWS FROM HCAA FIELDWORK
Kemosabe Project – February 2016
Even cold, windy conditions at Kemosabe can’t stop the progress!!
Operations are continuing at the Kemosabe project. To date over 30 square meters of excavation units have been opened there as well as four back hoe trenches and 92 auger hole tests. Over 12 separate forms of diagnostic dart or arrow points found thus far date the site from lower early archaic to late pre-historic. The latest excavations have revealed several separate hearth features. These and others yet to be found will be examined for charcoal samples to use in radio carbon dating the stratigraphy/occupation surfaces. Select soil samples associated with the hearths are also being collected for flotation analysis to identify plants processed and eaten at the site.
Please come join in the fun and discoveries at this large prehistoric site complex! The HCAA crew is working in the lab and/or field weekly. Contact Kay Woodward or Steve Stoutamire for more information.
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