General Meeting, January 19, 2019
***P.A. System NOW at Meetings!***
Doors open at 12 noon with refreshments. Lecture begins at 1:00 pm.
Tentative Topic: "Constructing Power in the Preclassic Maya: Monumental Architecture and Sociopolitical Inequality at Early Xunantunich, Belize"
Speaker: Zoe Rawski, Anthropologist, UTSA
This research focuses on the origins of sociopolitical inequality and, eventually, divine kingship at the site of Early Xunantunich in Belize. I examine this topic primarily through an analysis of public monumental architecture and how these buildings change through time. I also emphasize the importance of ritual performance, feasting, and the exchange of exotic goods in the consolidation of sociopolitical power, and discuss how this played a role in the development of kingship in the region. I will also discuss some of the exotic materials we have found, including a set of late Preclassic jade diadem jewels which are an indicator of early kingship in the region. More Details . . .
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 . . .