General Meeting, November 16, 2019
Doors open at 12 noon with refreshments. Meeting begins at 1:00 pm.
Title: Mesoamerican Stone Artifacts: Interesting Rocks and Where To Find Them
Speaker: Mike McBride, President & Principle Archeologist, HCAA
Mike McBride will be presenting “Mesoamerican Stone Artifacts: Interesting Rocks and Where To Find Them.” He will discuss his surveys of quarries in Central Mexico and the Maya area, and the stone tools that ancient cultures created from those sources.
Mike is currently the president and a principle archeologist of the Hill Country Archeological Association, and has worked in archeological sites in Belize and Mexico, as well as in the Texas Hill Country. Previously, he was president of the Dallas Archeological Society for 5 years. In addition to his role as HCAA archeologist, he has been an experimental flintknapper for 20 years, studying and replicating the manufacture of stone artifacts of ancient North American and Mesoamerican peoples.
Place: Riverside Nature Center – 150 Francisco Lemos, Kerrville, Texas 78028
EVENT – Texas Archeological Society Field School 2020 Kerrville
Date: June 13-19, 2020
The Texas Archeological Society has designated the 2020 annual Field School to be on the Kemosabe property just west of Kerrville. This private property is 88 acres in size and borders the Guadalupe River and Bear Creek. Kemosabe is 1/2 mile up river and on the same river terrace as the Gatlin Site (41KR621) which was accidentally discovered by TxDOT crews in 2004 when construction for the new Thompson Drive extension to the new bridge crossing the river was begun in 2004. Gatlin has been hailed in literature as one of the most significant Early Archaic sites ever found in Central Texas. It has a robust point assemblage and 50 carbon 14 dates in addition to animal and plant remains. Much of the Research Design for the Kemosabe Field School will center on progressing learnings beyond what Gatlin could do because of its limits by construction schedules.
Based on the work that the Hill Country Archeology Association has done on the property over the last 5 years, most all of the 88 acres contains archeology deposits. The majority of the cultural deposits are on a broad terrace of the Guadalupe River.
The HCAA has been exploring the property to high grade areas to be selected for field school excavations. The terrace deposits are rich in culture containing middens, abundant lithic scatters, discrete fire cracked rock (FCR) hearths and a large variety of stone tools and projectile points. Radiocarbon dating on the site has been limited but the oldest cultural material found thus far is 7280 ybp (years before present) calibrated from an FCR hearth with associated Early Archaic Projectile point. A good representation of diagnostic points cover the Early, Middle, Late and Transitional Archaic periods. Some broken points have been found which are tentatively identified as Late Paleolithic and one Perdiz arrow point was found representing the Late Prehistoric Period.”