General Meeting, May 19, 2018
Doors open at 12:30 pm with refreshments. Lecture begins at 1:00 pm.
Speaker: Dr. Harry J. Shafer, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Texas A&M University, Curator of Archaeology, Witte Museum
Topic: "Bison: Human Predation and Climate Change"
This talk is about bison predation by prehistoric Indians and climate. Bison were valuable resources for food and trade to central Texas Indian groups but were not always present. The climate over the past 12,000 years has gradually warmed but during that time several cold episodes had dramatic affect on bison movements into central Texas.
The ebb and flow of bison presence and absence significantly impacted the economy and lifeways of the native Indian groups. Trade, establishing territorial rights, and internecine warfare were all consequences of bison presence. In this talk I highlight the material expressions left behind during the bountiful and lean times that help us tell the story of central Texas’ dynamic past. Learn More . . .
SCHOLARSHIPS NOW AVAILABLE!
HCAA awards scholarships on an annual basis through the following program:
PAUL SMITH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Scholarship applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Paul Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund. The awards provide assistance to HCAA members who are attending archeological field school events, conferences, and other activities acceptable to the board of directors. The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage members to further their knowledge and experience in archeology. Learn More . . .
2018 FIELD-LAB TRAINING COURSE GRADUATES
Congratulations to our graduates!
Our fifteen 2018 “Field and Lab Techniques” students have graduated with honors! This is by far the largest class ever since HCAA's first training course about eight to nine years ago. Students came from near and far . . . some as much as 130 miles away! All, of course, are HCAA members. We even had a waiting list who are now first in line for our next class in 2020. Be sure to contact Steve Stoutamire to save a spot.
HCAA AWARDS & HONORS
2018 Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Bryant Saner
UPDATE ON KEMOSABE PROJECT, April 2018
Kemosabe Project gets first radiocarbon date!
Charcoal from a rock hearth feature at Kemosabe is 7280 to 7420 years old based on C14 radiocarbon dating (calibrated). We have discovered 12 other rock hearths and four larger middens at the site, some also having charcoal, however this latest hearth had the best quality charcoal AND an associated dart point!
Although initially thought to be a "Martindale" , further examination as well as the radiocarbon date suggests that the dart point is a Bandy, whose style was popular in Central Texas 6,000 to 8,000 years ago. The first pyramids in Egypt are thought to have been built 4,600 years ago, so this Bandy point is almost twice as old as the Egyptian pyramids. Learn More . . .