Interesting Discoveries – Perttula Paper Kerr County

A number of prehistoric Indian pottery sherds were recently discovered by the Hill Country Archeological Association at two sites in Kerr County. The pottery types are Leon Plain, Doss Red and Caddo.

The Leon Plain and Doss Red pottery sherds are typical made by tribes here in the Hill Country from A.D. 900 to late A.D. 1700’s and were associated with the Toyah phase; whereas the Caddo pottery sherds were likely from pottery made in east Texas by the Caddo Indians during Woodland period from B.C. 500 to A.D. 1830.

The Caddo pottery sherds found during these studies were likely traded as pots and carried into the Kerr County from East Texas….Read More.

Presentation – HCAA Discovers Paleoindian Points in Kerr County!

First Saint Mary’s Hall Found. Characteristic Oblique, Parallel Flaking Pattern (but UL to LR)

The Texas Historical Commission has just posted a YouTube story of our discovery of 14 ancient St Mary’s Hall Points near bison bone and a cooking hearth during excavations in Kerr county. This exciting story is told by Steve Stoutamire and can be viewed by clicking Texas Archeology Month 2020 Virtual Symposium – Central and North-Central Texas.

Article – An English Architect in Kendall County, Alfred Giles, Architect (1853-1920) Part I

Edward Steves Home, 509 King William Street, San Antonio One of Alfred Giles’s First Designs in 1876.
(Photo by E. Eugene George)

by Myrna Flach Langford

By appearance and reputation it would seem, at first glance anyway, that it was an easy life for architect Alfred Giles. Should you meet him in late 1800s perhaps on a street in Comfort near the Faltin building or in Boerne near the old Kendall County Courthouse, where he would later oversee its new façade design and expansion, he would seem a privileged gentleman of means and talent.

You most certainly would have heard of his reputation for the fine architecture of countless Texas courthouses, military facilities, and San Antonio’s King William area mansions, as well as his large homestead, Hillingdon Ranch in Kendall County . . . (read more, pg 7-9)

Back to Bondage: The Story of the Sugarland 95

Presentation by: Reign Clark, Catrina Whitley, and Ron Ralph (October 20, 2020)

This is a fascinating and detailed archeological study of 95 African American convicts buried in a cemetery at the Bullhead Convict Labor Camp in Sugarland, Texas (41FB355). These convicts died during forced labor in sugarcane fields in the period from 1875 to 1908. The Zoom presentation is from the October 20th meeting of the Travis County Archeological Society. Lots of great detail. In the last 40 minutes the physical anthropologist gets down to the dirty story of what their living conditions and diet were like, and how this affected their heath.

Notice of Field Work

In an effort to keep HCAA membership apprised of our association’s current status, following is an update of HCAA field activities:

In early March of this year, field work at CWR was suspended due to COVID-19. In early May exploratory efforts were made with a small crew going back out to see how well CDC recommendations could be implemented in the field. Following several successful outings the number of participants was expanded to 10, the CDC-recommended limit for outdoor gatherings. Social distancing and frequent hand-washing are among the newly adopted protocols in effect for the return to regular weekly excavations.

HCAA members are welcome to join us on Mondays. You can click here to contact me, Françoise, via email, and your name will be added to a rotating list of members to be contacted. Rotation is being implemented to give all interested parties a fair chance at being contacted regarding available space.

Additionally, Paul Unger is starting up a new project. It does not have an official HCAA Principal Archeologist (P.A.) as do other HCAA controlled sites. If you are interested in assisting Paul, you may click here to contact Paul via email or at 512-760-5788 for details.

Finally, there is also a need for a few members to volunteer to help Terry Farley and John Benedict record historical cemeteries in the area. Terry and John have been coordinating an effort with the Texas Historical Commission on this effort. If you have an interest, click here to contact Terry Farley via email or at 830-496-0531.

We hope these opportunities can satisfy those members who are eager to return to participating in safe, outdoor activities with others interested in “Protecting the Past”. Françoise Wilson, P.A. for CWR

Unconventional Warfare in the Hill Country: INSURGENCY AND COUNTER INSURGENCY

In 1862, General H.P. Bee, commander of all Confederate forces in South Texas, declared Gillespie, Kerr, Kendall, Medina, and Bexar Counties – where the German protests were the strongest – to be “in open rebellion” and, in effect, declared war on them. Robert G. Schulz, Jr. wrote an unpublished article “The Nueces Massacre, also known as the Battle of the Nueces” describing the events preceding and following that terrible outrage. Read more . . .

EVENT – Texas Archeological Society Field School 2020 Kerrville


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.


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