General Meeting, July 20, 2019

Doors open at 12 noon with refreshments. Meeting begins at 1:00 pm.

Title: What Archeobotany Can Tell Us About Ancient Texas (and other places too)

Speaker: Leslie L. Bush, Paleoethnobotanist


The Texas plants we enjoy today have been used for food, medicine, and crafts for millennia by the Native people of Texas. Written accounts by Spanish missionaries and European explorers, Native oral traditions, and archaeological investigations provide windows into the many fascinating uses of our Texas native plants. I’ll outline how archaeologists recover and identify plant remains and talk about particular finds in central Texas of plants used for food, fibers, dye, healing, and weapons.

  • Strawberry Pitaya Cactus

  • Strawberry Pitaya Cactus seed

  • Prickly Poppy Seed

  • Prickly Poppy Flower


Leslie L. Bush is a paleoethnobotanist, an archaeologist who specializes in identifying bits of plants preserved on archaeological sites, usually in the form of charcoal and occasionally as waterlogged wood or other plant parts. She received her Ph.D. from Indiana University in 2001, and her dissertation was published by the University of Alabama Press. Through her consulting practice, Macrobotanical Analysis, she has worked on sites in eighteen states including Maryland, Florida, Iowa, Montana, Indiana, and Texas. Leslie is currently involved with investigations associated with the improvement of Highway 271 in Titus County, Baylor University’s work at rockshelters in central Texas, and the Texas Historical Commission’s work on Fort St. Louis/Presidio La Bahia.

PlaceRiverside Nature Center – 150 Francisco Lemos, Kerrville, Texas 78028


Caleb's Cabin

CWR Prehistoric Project (June 2019)

Currently excavating a prehistoric hunter-gather occupational site . . . More.

Johann Scherz Homestead and Grave Site Project

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.

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


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