HCAA General Meeting –
May 21, 2022

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The Next Step in Understanding Lower Pecos Rock Art


Jessica Lee Hamlin, Shumla, Executive Director

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Union Church, on Travis at Broadway, Kerrville TX 78028


Doors open at 12 noon. Program to begin at 12:30 pm.


Jessica is excited to tell us about Shumla’s newest cutting-edge endeavor, the Hearthstone Project. It is a comprehensive study and documentation of prehistoric art in the Lower Pecos Canyonlands of Texas and adjacent Mexico. Near the confluence of the Rio Grande and Pecos Rivers, archaeologists have identified over 300 rock art sites. Read More . . .


Jessica Lee Hamlin was fascinated by archaeology from an early age. She attended her first field school at the age of 16 and the hook was set. As a freshman in college at Texas A&M University, she met Carolyn Boyd, a PhD candidate writing her dissertation on the rock art of the Lower Pecos Canyonlands of Texas. Carolyn invited Jessica to join her in the field summer of 1997. Seeing the magnificent ancient murals was an experience that changed the course of Jessica’s life. Learn more about Jessica. . .

Announcing . . .
2022 TAS Field School,
June 11-18, 2022!!

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HCAA has teamed up again with The Texas Archeological Society to return to Kerrville for the 2022 Field School!

JUNE 11-18, 2022


We are excited to return to the prospects and learning opportunities offered at the archeological sites in Kerrville. ​

See the 2022 TAS Field School Information Page for important details about campground
and site.

This year, the Texas Archeological Society (TAS) invites members to attend the annual summer Field School along the banks of the Guadalupe River in Kerr County. TAS is being welcomed with open arms by the Hill Country Archeological Association (HCAA) and Kerr County.  Mail in and online registration are now open!

Each summer, the Texas Archeological Society (TAS) sponsors a week-long archeological field school. The program provides training in archeological techniques to Society members and contributes important new data to the state’s archeological and historical heritage. No prior archeological experience is necessary. Activities and learning opportunities are offered for all ages, including excavation techniques, survey methods, and special training for newcomers and teachers.

The TAS field school spans seven days and is led by professional archeologists and trained avocationals. Participants may register for a minimum of three days or for the full week and choose excavation, survey, or the laboratory. Volunteers may also participate in the afternoon and evening workshops, educational programs, and social activities that are spread throughout the week. Several Field School Scholarships are also available.


The Creek Shelter Project–HCAA-KR-44 (August 2019)

In December of 2018, Marvin Gohlke, Jr. and his son, Trei (Marvin Gohlke, III) were exploring along a bluff above a creek on a new place they had bought in Western Kerr County. . . More.

CWR Prehistoric Project (August 2019)

In December 2018, HCAA crew members began to perform hand excavations at CWR, a privately-owned ranch in west Kerr County. Since then we’ve uncovered a remarkably rich trove of artifacts. . . . More.

Johann Scherz Homestead and Grave Site Project

Author: John Benedict

In the fall of 2018, a team of HCAA members visited, surveyed, recorded the old Johann Schertz homestead. . . More.

Historic African-American Family Cemetery Project

Cleared & recorded historic cemetery in Boerne . . . Read more with Part 1 article and Part 2 article.

Former Slave Cabin Project

Surveyed a log cabin built by a former slave . . . More.


To contact us: Visit our contact page, or email contact

Mail your inquiries to HCAA, PO Box 290393, Kerrville Texas 78029-0393

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