General Meeting, March 16, 2019
***P.A. System NOW at Meetings!***
Doors open at 12 noon with refreshments. Meeting begins at 1:00 pm.
Topic: "Connellee Peak (41MY5): A Geographically Aberrant Middle Ceramic Period Mesa Top Community in Motley County, Texas"
Speaker: Dr. Christopher Lintz, Research Associate, Texas State University
The Connellee Peak site is a small mesa top occupation located in the Middle Pease River drainage in Motley County that has been historically known at least since 1886. The occurrence of flakes, bone, chipped and ground stone tools, prehistoric pottery and ashy deposits on top of the mesa as well as more than a dozen deep mortar holes in talus slope boulders attest to prolonged and intensive prehistoric occupations at the site. Abundant historic graffiti occurs on the sides of the mesa, and even a few turn of the century photographs document that the mesa has been a favorite recreation area since the 19th century.
The mesa top sediments were extensively vandalized by a family of relic hunters and their friends between 1947 and 1993, when the patriarch died. The local bank in Matador displays three frames containing more than 500 projectile points attributed to this site which document dominant prehistoric occupations spanning the Late Archaic through perhaps Late Ceramic Periods (ca. 3,000 to 300 years ago). A collection of more than 1,800 plain and cord marked potsherds from Connellee Peak were given to a friend of the family during the period of excavations. Over the years, considerable efforts at matching and restoring vessel portions have reduced the pottery assemblage to 1,531 sherds all from the Late Prehistoric/Middle Ceramic Period (AD 1200 – 1550). No sherds attributed to the Early or Late Ceramic Periods, nor clear trade wares from East Texas or the Southwest are evident in the ceramic assemblage. . . read more.
Place: Riverside Nature Center – 150 Francisco Lemos, Kerrville, Texas 78028
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.
Congratulations 2018 Graduating Class!
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 . . .