Welcome to the Hill Country Archeological Association in Kerrville, Texas.

Who we are and what we do

The HCAA is a group of avocational and professional archeologists working together to study and preserve the Texas Hill Country’s prehistoric and historic heritage, and to educate the public about archeology.

The task of HCAA is to survey and record details about archeologically significant sites before they are lost, due to collecting, erosion, and the rapidly increasing development of the Texas Hill Country. To accomplish this, we cultivate public interest in the history and prehistory of this area.

Upcoming Events

HCAA GENERAL MEETING

Riverside Nature Center
150 Francisco Lemos, Kerrville

Saturday, July 20th 
Doors open at 12:30pm

Member Meeting at 1:00pm
 Followed By Presentation 
Free and open to the public!

Feature Presentation:

 A Deeper Understanding Through Collections 
by
Aina Dodge

Archeology Laboratory Director
and
Collections Manager
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD)

Abstract:
Aina Dodge will discuss the responsibilities of an archeological collections manager and how collections can contribute to a deeper understanding of the history and prehistory of Texas.  Whether processing new collections or diving into legacy collections, there are always hidden clues to help researchers refine their understanding of those who lived here before us.  Aina will talk about the process of finding answers to researchers’ questions and unveiling answers to questions they didn’t even think to ask.  She will also discuss the roles of State and Federal collections repositories and private collections.

Bio:

Aina Dodge is a native Austinite who first became interested in archeology while exploring the 1845 Davis Cemetery behind her childhood home. Aina graduated from UT with a degree in Anthropology and worked as a contract archeologist before starting at TPWD in 1993.  When not working on collections management projects, Aina collaborates with TPWD exhibit planners and park interpreters to tell the story of the prehistoric and historic occupants of what are now Texas State Parks. She is also very involved with the Texas Archeological Society and has managed the field lab during the annual field school for the last four years.

HCAA News

A Review of HCAA Activities in 2023, Presented by the HCAA Board of Directors

The year 2023 brought much success and progress for the Hill Country Archeological Association. In pursuing HCAA's Education, Research, and Conservation mission, we were active on many fronts.

We have put together this review to inform everyone about many of our interesting and exciting successes this year. We hope you enjoy our report. Click here or on the image on the right to open and download the report (PDF format).

As always, we welcome your feedback at [email protected].