Texas Archeology Month 2016 Calendar of Events

Texas Archeology Month (TAM) promotes the appreciation of scientific archeology, prehistory, American Indian cultures, and the stewardship of Texas’ irreplaceable archeological resources. No matter where you are in Texas, a community near you is hosting an archeology fair in October.

Check out the map and event listings below for archeology events around the state, as well as heritage and frontier festivals, which often include archeology activities.

This calendar was coordinated by the Texas Historical Commission (THC) in association with the Texas Archeological Society, the Council of Texas Archeologists, County Historical Commissions, and the Texas Archeological Stewardship Network. It contains the most up-to-date information available to us. To verify information, contact organizers listed for each event. If you would like to announce an event or update an existing calendar entry, contact the THC’s Archeology Division at 512.463.5915 or archeology@thc.texas.gov.

TAM 2016 Photo Contest

Post photos from TAM events to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #digTAM16 for your chance to win great prizes! In early November, we’ll conduct a random drawing from all the submissions, and a few people will receive swag bags from the agency.

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ALBANY, Shackelford Co.
Oct. 7 and 8 • Living History Days at Fort Griffin State Historic Site
The past will come to life at Fort Griffin State Historic Site on October 7-8, 2016, as living historians from all over gather to portray life at the fort and nearby Wild West town as it was in the 1870s.  Activities and interpretations will include: military interpretations from various time periods with artillery, infantry, and cavalry demonstration, blacksmithing, gun fights, Drummer Boy ice cream, 1800s children’s games, period music by Time Was..., Native American culture and dancing, Texas longhorns, the Texas Camel Corps, and frontier living.  We also hope to have back this year volunteers from Abilene's 12th Armored Division to portray World War II history with lots of period weaponry and demonstrations.  Sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission.  Free.  Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Visitors Center and Fort Area, 1701 N. U.S. Hwy 183.  Information: 325-762-3592, ft-griffin@thc.texas.gov

 

ALIBATES FLINT QUARRIES NATIONAL MONUMENT, Potter Co.
Saturdays in October • Antelope Creek Village Site Tours and TAM Events
Join a Ranger and hike to the Antelope Creek Village site, including several petroglyphs, at Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument. Learn about the culture, the unique architecture of the village, and discuss the many possible meanings of the petroglyphs. Tours available every Saturday during October (Texas Archeology Month). Site is associated with the Plains Village culture in the Canadian River Valley from the 12th-16th centuries A.D.  Other events include flint knapping demonstrations, Alibates quarries tours, presentations, and more.  Free with reservations.  Antelope Creek Village Site tours goes from 8:30 – 10: 30 a.m and is followed by other events.  Meet at the Alibates Visitor Center, 37084 Alibates Rd to caravan to the trailhead. Information:  Jacob Collins, 806-857-3151.

 

ALPINE, Brewster Co.
Oct. 1 to Nov. 1 • Praying for Rain
Catch Light Gallery and Gallery on the Square present "Praying for Rain", a combined show of art illustrating the history and cultures of the Chihuahuan Desert from Archaic to Historic time periods. Featured artists are Tim Roberts, Reeda Peel, and Feather Radah. Sponsored by the Big Bend Arts Council, Catch Light Gallery, and Gallery on the Square.  Free. The official opening reception is Friday, October 7th, 5:00 to 8:00 pm.  The show runs from Oct. 1 thru November 1, 2016. The galleries are located side by side at 115 and 117 Holland Ave. in Alpine, Texas.   Information: Reeda Peel, 972-740-0076, rpeel@sulross.edu.

 

ALTO, Cherokee Co
Oct. 22 • El Camino Real de los Tejas Festival at Caddo Mounds State Historic Site
Travel back in time on the historic El Camino Real de los Tejas! Enjoy food, fun, pioneer skills, presentations, crafts, music, guided hikes, and a variety of archeology themed activities.  The Cherokee County Historical Commission will be hosting special sunrise and sunset activities in conjunction with the El Camino Real Festival and the 180th Celebration Year of Texas Independence. Sponsored by the THC Caddo Mounds State Historic Site.  Free, but donations will be accepted by the Friends of Caddo Mounds. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Caddo Mounds Historic Site, 1649 State Highway 21 west.  Information: Barbara Chadwick (THC archeological Steward) 903-683-1064, jvalleytex@yahoo.com, http://www.thc.texas.gov/historic-sites/caddo-mounds-state-historic-site

 

ANDERSON, Grimes Co.
Oct. 8 • Henry Fanthrop’s Wake and Stagecoach Days at the Fanthrop Inn State Historic Site
Ride on a stagecoach like a 19th century Texan and discover how the Fanthorps mourned the loss of a loved one in the 1800s. Henry Fanthorp, proprietor of one of Texas' finest stagecoach stops, passed away on October 31, 1867 after contracting yellow fever.  Join the Fanthrop Inn State Historic Site for a special presentation at 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm as we explore the unique and curious mourning rituals practiced in the 1860s.  In addition, mule-drawn stagecoach rides will be offered this day from 11am until 3pm.  $10 suggested donations.  11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Fanthrop Inn State Historic Site, 579 S. Main St.  Information: Jonathan Failor, 936-878-2214, ext. 224 jon.failor@tpwd.texas.gov

 

ANGLETON, Brazoria Co.
Oct. 6 • African Culture on American Soil
As part of the Brazoria County Historical Museum’s Archeology Series, Dr. Kenneth Brown will present data from the excavations conducted at four plantation Quarters sites from coastal South Carolina, Georgia, and central Louisiana.  This material has demonstrated the adaptation of selected aspects of European American culture by Africans and African Americans into the beliefs and behaviors practiced within Plantation Quarters.  Data will be presented related to the similar adaptations made of Christian and African religious and political behaviors within the four communities investigated as well as the evolution of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, a traditionally African American church in Freedmans’ Town, in Houston.  Sponsored by Brazoria County Historical Museum.  Free.  6:30 p.m. at the Brazoria County Historical Museum, 100 East Cedar.  Information: Jennifer Caulkins, 979-864-1004, programs@bchm.org

 

Oct. 13 • Reminiscences of Moses Austin Bryan
Second of four in the museum’s Archeology Series, Beth Aucoin will discuss previously unpublished documents detailing milestones in the life of Moses Austin Bryan, nephew of Stephen F. Austin. Reminiscences takes a look at one of the earliest settlers in Texas who arrived in San Felipe de Austin on Jan. 10, 1831 and his experiences during the Texas Revolution and the early days of the Republic of Texas.    Sponsored by Brazoria County Historical Museum.  Free.  6:30 p.m. at the Brazoria County Historical Museum, 100 East Cedar.  Information: Jennifer Caulkins, 979-864-1004, programs@bchm.org

 

Oct. 20 • The Surrender of Almonte at the Battle of San Jacinto
Dr. Greg Dimmick will discuss the discovery of a Mexican army site a mile and a half southeast of the San Jacinto Battleground. He will demonstrate how archeology and historical accounts together reveal this as the site of surrender of approximately 300 Mexican soldiers.  Sponsored by Brazoria County Historical Museum.  Free.  6:30 p.m. at the Brazoria County Historical Museum, 100 East Cedar.  Information: Jennifer Caulkins, 979-864-1004, programs@bchm.org

 

Oct. 27 • 1840 Water Plantation and Sugar Barn Preservation
For the final program in the museum’s Archeology Series, Roger Beeler will present the history of the Waters Plantation and Sugar Barn in Fort Bend county. He will discuss the preservation efforts taken to secure the only sugar barn and brick works still standing in the state of Texas from the 1840s.   Sponsored by Brazoria County Historical Museum.  Free.  6:30 p.m. at the Brazoria County Historical Museum, 100 East Cedar.  Information: Jennifer Caulkins, 979-864-1004, programs@bchm.org

 

AUSTIN, Travis Co.
Sep. 28 • UT Archaeology Seminar
The Archaeological Studies Seminar is pleased to have Eric Schroeder, Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Anthropology, as the Fall 2016 lecturer.  Mr. Schroeder will present a talk entitled “On the Trail of the People of the Cows: Transient Camps and Hypothesized Ceremonial Rendezvous of Late Prehistoric Mobile Populations of Southwestern Texas”.  Early Spanish expedition journals document vast areas of the Trans Pecos as being almost devoid of people during the late summer and early fall bison hunting season. Archeological evidence suggests that the inhabitants traversed ancient transportation corridors to ceremonial rendezvous located along the western edge of the Edwards Plateau where it’s possible that they engaged in ceremonial feasting and produced stone tools centered around bison hunting and hide processing. From these rendezvous sites they likely moved as communal groups into areas like the upper Concho River Valley in west-central Texas., where it is hypothesized that such behavior may have been driven by a regional hide economy. Such a pattern is generally considered to indicate emergent social complexity within a society traditionally characterized as generalized foragers.  Free.  1:00-2:00 p.m. at 305 E. 23rd St, Liberal Arts Building (CLA) 1.302E (Glickman Conference Center).  Information: CSchreiner@austin.utexas.edu 

 

Sep. 30 • 4th Annual American Indian Heritage Day
Celebrate the 4th annual American Indian Heritage Day with the Bob Bullock Museum and Great Promise for American Indians.  Schools are invited to learn about the historic, cultural, and social contributions American Indians have made to the state through dancing and drumming performances and hands-on activities held during the day.  Free.  9 a.m. – 8 p.m. at the Bob Bullock Museum 1800 Congress Ave. Information: http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/visit/calendar/american-indian-heritage-day-20160930; http://www.austinpowwow.net/heritage-day/ ; (512) 371-0628,  powwow@grandecom.net

 

Oct. 1 – 31 • La Belle, The Ship that Changed History
The 17th century French shipwreck La Belle is one of the most significant stories in early Texas history. It was on this ship that explorer René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, set sail for the Mississippi River in 1684 to claim new territory for France. The ship instead sailed into Matagorda Bay, only to sink in 1686 where it was found 300 years later and underwent an extraordinary excavation and preservation beginning in 1995. La Belle now is at the center of the Bob Bullock Museum's first-floor exhibition La Belle: The Ship That Changed History.  Texas's history would have been much different had La Salle's expedition been successful. A short film at the entrance of the exhibition provides an overview of La Salle's ambitious expedition and the consequences of the doomed voyage. Maps and graphic panels show the route La Belle sailed and a collection of artifacts found aboard the ship — including tools, weapons, trade goods, and cooking pots — provide insight into what objects Europeans considered important for establishing a new colony. Personal items including a shoe, a ring, and an engraved drinking cup reflect the lives of the 35 men, women, and children aboard the 54-foot ship.  The highlight of the exhibition is the preserved hull of La Belle, reconstructed in the Museum over seven months. For a great view of the entire ship, look over the Museum's second or third floor gallery right into the hull. Get a close look at the ship on the first floor level, where you will see still-visible 17th century tool markings showing how the timbers fit together. The ground-breaking preservation of La Belle is also featured in the exhibition through original film footage from the ship's 1996 excavation. Don't miss the accompanying multi-sensory film Shipwrecked, showing daily in the Texas Spirit Theater, which shares the true story of the expedition through the eyes of 14 year-old Pierre Talon, who was among only a handful of survivors from La Salle's expedition.  Adults: $13, Seniors (65+), Military, and Students: $11, Youth (4-17): $9.  9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Bob  Bullock Museum 1800 Congress Ave. Information: http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/visit/exhibits/la-belle-shipwreck

 

Oct. 6 • Art History Lecture Series presents: "AD 79—Pompeii, Oplontis Positano: In Search of Lost Landscapes"
Geology meets archaeology in geo-archaeologist Di Maio’s account of how the eruption of AD 79 buried not only the three famous sites of Pompeii, Oplontis and Herculaneum, but also radically changed the ancient landscape. It altered the coastline, changed the courses of rivers, and rendered the sea unnavigable. He also demonstrates how the little-studied secondary phenomena of the eruption, such as volcanoclastic flows, tsunamis, and massive floating islands of pumice, changed landscapes. A highlight of his talk is Di Maio’s geological study of the newly discovered seaside Villa of Positano, featured in October’s issue of Archaeologymagazine. Lying beyond a ridge of mountains that should have shielded it from the first impact of the eruption, the massive mudflow that followed buried it to a depth of 60 feet. Di Maio will also show for the first time the exquisite wall paintings and bronzes retrieved from excavations undertaken in 2016.  Free.  4 p.m. at 2301 San Jacinto Blvd. Art Building, room 1.120.  Information: utaah
@austin.utexas.edu

 

Oct. 12 • UT Archaeology Seminar
The Archaeological Studies Seminar is pleased to have Giuseppe Carlo Castellano, Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Classics, as our next lecturer for Fall 2016.  Mr. Castellano will present a lecture entitled: “Cross-Cultural Currencies: The Litra and Early Sicilian Fractional Silver.  The indigenous inhabitants of Bronze and Iron Age Sicily exchanged bronze objects as a protomonetary currency. Ingots, tools, and scrap were hoarded as wealth and traded by weight, eventually coming to be reckoned against a variety of regional libral standards which included the Sicilian litra. Greeks and indigenous Italic peoples in Sicily had been in contact for centuries before the advent of coinage, and so would have become accustomed to one another’s protomonetary practice. The hybridized currencies and standards which emerged from this intercourse speak to the strong cultural and economic links between Italy, Sicily, and the Greek homeland.  I argue that the indigenous tradition exerted a strong influence on the monetization of Sicily, and that the litra standard for Greek-style silver coinage was derived from a long-standing native bronze standard. With the introduction of Greek-style coinage in the sixth century BC the litra took on new significance as a small silver coin equivalent in value to the native bronze weight measure.  These coins were minted alongside the obol, the traditional Greek fraction. Despite variations in weight among obols – the expected result of differing Greek regional standards – the silver litrai remain fairly consistent. This suggests that they were at least initially tied to another standard, the native bronze, unaffected by the variability among traditional Greek systems. The silver litra and its fractions formed a neat solution to the problem of exchange, allowing for direct conversion between the native bronze system and the Greek silver system, which would have greatly facilitated trade between Greeks and the indigenous peoples of Sicily. Colonial encounters of this kind often engender complex re-articulations of economic and cultural practice, and it is clear from literary, archaeological, and numismatic evidence that the Greeks were receptive to foreign standards and were willing to modify their own systems or assimilate elements of others in response to social, political, and economic exigencies.  This overlap of diverse currencies led to the creation of hybrid monetary systems that bore elements of both the imported Greek and native Italic traditions. These parallel standards show a greater entanglement between the Greek notion of coinage and existing local practices than has usually been assumed. What emerges is a more nuanced view of Greek colonization than the historical narratives suggest: this is not merely a story of the colonizers and the colonized, but of complex colonial and postcolonial populations attempting to coexist, cooperate, and prosper.  Free.  1:00-2:00 p.m. at the CLA 1.302E (Glickman Conference Center).  Information: CSchreiner@austin.utexas.edu 

 

Oct. 14 • Drought and its Demographic Effects in the Maya Lowlands
Lecture by Julie A. Hoggarth, Department of Anthropology, Baylor University.  Increasing evidence supports the role of severe drought in the disintegration of regional polities in the Maya Lowlands at the end of the Classic Period (750 to 1000 C.E.). Despite the large corpus of archaeological literature on the topic, the demographic effects of climate change remain largely unknown in the absence of Classic Period textual evidence indicating declines in agricultural productivity and population over this broad geographic area. To understand relationships between climatic and demographic change, I present historic records from the Colonial Period (1519 to 1821 C.E.) in northern Yucatan to compare with the sub-annually resolved Yok Balum climate proxy record. These data offer evidence that multi-year droughts resulted in crop failure and severe famines that correlate with intervals of high mortality and migration within two extended dry intervals during the eighteenth century. While historic records offer important information about drought and its demographic effects during the Colonial Period, we cannot directly apply this analogy haphazardly to Pre-Columbian times. Archaeologists must endeavor to develop precisely-dated archaeological datasets to begin to explore the complex relationships between drought, demographic change, and the breakdown of political systems at the end of the Classic period. I present the preliminary results of my recent project focused on building high-precision AMS 14C chronologies from sites across the Maya Lowlands to begin to explore the impacts of distinct drought episodes in relation to demographic and political change.  Sponsored by The Mesoamerica Center in the Department of Art and Art History and The Department of Geography and the Environment - The University of Texas at Austin.  Free.  4 p.m. at 305 E. 23rd St, Liberal Arts Building (CLA) 0.130.  Information: Astrid Runggaldier, 512-471-6292, astrid@austin.utexas.edu

 

Oct. 14 • Contexts of Ritual and Cult: The Temple, the Vicchio Stele and New Evidence from the Sanctuary at Poggio Colla (Vicchio di Mugello)
Since 1995, the Mugello Valley Archaeological Project has undertaken a comprehensive study of the hilltop site of Poggio Colla, the site of an Etruscan sanctuary. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Ancient Italy at UT Austin, the project’s methods have included excavation and survey conducted in tandem with the Poggio Colla Field School.  Large-scale excavation ended with the 2015 season as the focus of the project moves toward study and publication. Over the duration of the project, work at the site has produced evidence of an expanded settlement centered on a hilltop sanctuary. Material culture points to constant occupation of the site from as early as the late eighth century B.C.E. until the early second century B.C.E. In this lecture, project co-director Michael Thomas presents evidence from the final five seasons of excavation that has broadened our view of the early history of the sanctuary; this includes the discovery of a monumental temple, a stele with an inscription that includes the names of deities, and new evidence of ritual activity associated with these early phases.  Sponsored by Center for the Study of Ancient Italy (CSAI), The University of Texas at Austin.  Free.  4 p.m. at University of Texas, 2305 Trinity St., DFA 2.204.  Information: info@csaitx.org

 

Oct. 15 • TAM Tailgate
Join archeologists from the Texas Historical Commission (THC) and the University of Texas’ Texas Archeological Research Laboratory (TARL) for the inaugural Texas Archeology Month Tailgate.  Stop by our tents on the way to the Iowa State game and see what TAM has to offer. 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Employees Retirement System of Texas building at the corner of San Jacinto and MLK.  Information: Casey Hanson, 512-463-5915, Casey.Hanson@thc.texas.gov 

 

Oct. 16 • 9th Annual UT Archaeology Playdate
Every year, the Central Texas Society of the AIA sponsors the Ancient Archaeology Playdate. This event, organized by Professor Rabun Taylor, consists of a series of informal talks by archaeologists (both faculty and students) at The University of Texas at Austin. These talks present recent research, offer updates on field projects, and give previews of emerging archaeological research agendas at UT. Sponsored by the University of Texas at Austin.  Free. 1 – 5 p.m. at the Doty Fine Arts Building (DFA), Room 2.204.  Information: arabinow@utexas.edu, http://www.trinity.edu/tosulliv/classicscalendar/

 

Oct. 17 • UT Seminar Series: Isabel C. Rivera-Collazo
Isabel Rivera-Collazo is Assistant Professor on Biological, Ecological and Human Adaptations to Climate Change at the Department of Anthropology and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Dr. Rivera-Collazo is an environmental archaeologist specializing on geoarchaeology, archaeomalacology, coastal and marine processes, maritime culture and climate change, with regional interests in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean Basin and the Neotropics (Pan Caribbean region); Israel and the eastern Mediterranean. Her research focuses on the effect that human activity has over island ecosystems through time, as well as how have people responded to climatic and environmental change in the past. Dr. Rivera-Collazo’s work focuses on resilience and adaptation, investigating what decisions enhance or reduce adaptive success. Taking an applied approach, Dr. Rivera-Collazo also works with local communities in the quest for understanding the current and expected impacts of climate change, including threats to coastal heritage.  Dr. Isabel Rivera-Collazo has a MSc degree on Palaeoecology of Human Societies and a PhD on Environmental Archaeology both from the Institute of Archaeology,University College London. She is also Research Fellow of the Center of Tropical Ecology and Conservation (CATEC) and the Laboratory of Environmental Archaeology at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus.  Sponsored by the UT Austin Anthropology.  Free.  12 p.m. at 2201 Speedway, Student Activities Center (SAC) 5.118.  Information: cschreiner@austin.utexas.edu.

 

Oct. 22 • Texas Archeology Month Fair
Join local archeologists for the Texas Archeology Month Fair at TARL.  The fair will feature hands-on activities for kids and adults, demonstrations from experimental archaeologists, and displays that highlight Texas’ rich archeological history.  Hosted by the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory (TARL) and the Texas Historical Commission and sponsored by the Texas Archeological Society, the Travis County Archeological Society, the Council of Texas Archeologists, and the Lower Colorado River Authority.  Free.  10 a.m. -  2 p.m. at the main soccer field at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus, 10000 Burnet Road.  Information: Lauren Bussiere, lauren.bussiere@utexas.edu or Casey Hanson, Casey.Hanson@thc.texas.gov, 512-463-5915, http://sites.utexas.edu/tarl/2016/08/08/announcing-the-texas-archeology-...

 

Oct. 25 • Taking the Reins: Female Charioteers in Ancient Greek Art
Lecture by Renee Gondek.  The chariot is an easily recognizable and relatively common vehicle in ancient Greek art of the sixth and fifth centuries BC. When illustrated or modeled, it often occupies a large amount of compositional space and would have required a significant amount of planning on the part of the artist. Depicted in a variety of media, the chariot is featured in athletic competitions, arming and battle scenes, or as a transportation device for divine, mythological, and seemingly mortal persons. Although the charioteer is usually male, surprisingly there are numerous circumstances where the driver is female. In fact, although seldom represented, the goddesses Selene and Aurora actually require chariots in order to advance either the course of the day or the moon’s celestial body.  This lecture explores the occurrences of female charioteers in Archaic and Classical sculpture, vase-painting, numismatics, and jewelry. Asking several questions of the evidence, these inquiries include: Who are these charioteeresses and are they always identifiable? What contexts allow for female drivers? How often are they portrayed and what types of imagery accompany them? Additionally, this talk will reveal the chronological typologies of female charioteers, their connections to mythological representations, and their relationships to contemporaneous historical events and religious trends.  A preliminary investigation of the evidence reveals that several goddesses act as charioteers, and the scenes vary depending upon the time period. Although Athena often controls the vehicle in sixth century imagery, others make an appearance in the fifth. After the defeat of the Persians, both Nike and Aphrodite emerge as theau courant female charioteers, and their representations correspond to the overall burgeoning popularity of these goddesses in the visual sphere at this time.  Sponsored by the Archeological Institute of America (AIA).  Free.  7 p.m., University of Texas, Room TBA.  Information: Giuseppe (Joey) Castellano, aiacentraltexas@gmail.com

 

Nov. 5 • 25th Annual Austin Powwow and American Indian Heritage Festival
The Austin Powwow is a family friendly event that preserves and promotes the traditions, heritage and culture of American Indians in Texas. There is a Native American Food Court outside the venue and about a hundred Native American vendors selling authentic jewelry and American Indian art, as well as Native crafting supplies and regalia. Renowned Native storytellers and musicians share their traditions and history with children throughout the day at the outdoor Festival stage, while hundreds of American Indian dancers from tribes all over the United States and Canada compete inside Travis County Expo Center in contemporary and traditional dance categories.  The Austin Powwow has one of the largest Indian Markets in the country with more than 100 booths. Great care is taken to ensure that the goods being sold as Indian made are just that – authentic Indian arts and crafts. In the majority of the booths, you will be speaking directly to the artisan, or a member of his or her family.  The Food Court allows visitors to sample a wide range of authentic American Indian foods. All vendors serve at least one traditional dish, and some offer many more. A convenient seating area is right next to the vendor’s booths.  Adults (12+): $5, Children (Under 12): Free.  9 a.m. – 10 p.m. at the Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker Lane.  Information: http://www.austinpowwow.net/austin-powwow/; 512-371-0628.

 

Nov. 5 • El Camino Real/National Parks Service Celebration
McKinney Falls State Park, in cooperation with the National Park Service and El Camino Real National Historic Trail Association, will host a National Park Service Centennial celebration on November 5, 2016.  Activities will include ranger-led hikes, trail stewardship projects, information booths, a formal presentation, and a Junior Ranger challenge all focused around the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail. Free with Park admission of $6 per person (ages 13 and up).   9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at 5808 McKinney Falls Parkway.  Information: Jenn Menge, 512- 415-8793, jenn.menge@tpwd.texas.gov, http://tpwd.texas.gov/calendar/mckinney-falls/national-trails-day-celebration, www.nps.gov/elte,  or http://www.elcaminorealdelostejas.org/

 

BANDERA, Bandera Co.
Oct. 15 • Ranch Heritage Day
A free, fun, family day at the Hill Country State Natural Area and an opportunity to wear your boots and cowboy hats and enjoy equine arena events, chuck wagon tasting, covered wagon rides, ranch demos and kids’ activities.  $15 per vehicle.  9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 10600 Bandera Creek Road.  Information: Leanne Beauxbeannes, 830-796-4413, leanne.beauxbeannes@tpwd.texas.gov

 

BEAUMONT, Jefferson Co.
Sep. 22 • The National Parks of Texas, In Contact with Beauty
A free screening of the PBS film,The National Parks of Texas, In Contact with Beauty.  The film will be followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A.  Sponsored by the National Parks Service - Big Thicket National Preserve, the National Parks Conservation Association and the Magnolia Garden Club.  Free.  6:30 - 8: 30 p.m. at the Jefferson Theatre, 345 Fannin St.  Information: Jason Ginder, 409-951-6721, National Park Rangers, 409-951-6700, bith_information@nps.gov or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beaumont-free-community-screening-tickets-26204662852

 

Oct. 12 • The Texas Historical Commission and the Archeology of Southeast Texas
Dr. Kerry Nichols, THC Regional Archeologist for East Texas, will present a prehistoric and historic chronological and cultural background for Southeast Texas Archeology that includes the following time periods (after Patterson 1995):  Paleoindian, Early Archaic, Middle Archaic, Earl Ceramic, Late Prehistoric, Protohistoric, Historic Native American and Historic Euro-American.  Dr. Nichols will also discuss significant recent cultural resource management projects in SE Texas to include McFaddin Beach, Luce Bayou and possibly others.  Sponsored by the Jefferson County Historical Commission.  Free.  2 – 4 p-.m. at the Jefferson County Courthouse Impaneling Room (1st floor), 1085 Pearl Street.  Information: Linda McMahen, 409-835-8701, histcomm@co.jefferson.tx.us or Theresa Goodness, 409-835-8480, thegood@co.jefferson.tx.us, www.co.jefferson.tx.us

 

BELTON, Bell Co.
Oct. 8 • Gault Site Tour
Join us for a tour of the Gault Site, located in southwestern Bell County.  The Gault Site is recognized as one of the most important archeological sites in America.  The 2.5-hour tour covers about one mile of gentle terrain.  Space is limited to 30 persons.  Hosted by the Bell County Museum.  Fee is $10 per person, payable to the Gault School. Pre-registration is required, please call 254-933-5243.  Participants will meet at the museum, 201 N. Main Street, and will leave at 8:30 a.m. in our own vehicles.  Maps will be provided and a staff member will also guide drivers to the site.  The site is 30 minutes from Belton, between Salado and Florence.  Information: http://www.bellcountymuseum.org/Museum/calendar.html, 254-933-5243.

 

Oct. 15 • Discovery Day
Join us for Discovery Day with Charley Chisholm to learn about Central Texas and Texas History.  Come by and dig your way through archeology exploration! The Kid’s Archeology section of the museum allows you to explore archeology pits and visit our permanent Bell County archeology exhibit.  Free. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Bell County Museum, 201 N. Main Street.  Information: http://www.bellcountymuseum.org/Museum/calendar.html, 254-933-5243.

 

BOERNE, Kendall Co.
Oct. 3 • Presentation: Contributions of Women in Prehistoric Societies
Frank Binetti, Texas Historical Commission Archeological Steward, will present an hour long program on the contributions of women in prehistoric society.  Sponsored by Kendall CHC along with the Patrick Heath Public Library. Free. 6 – 8 p.m. at Patrick Heath Public Library. 451 N. Main St. Bldg.100. Information: Theda Sueltenfuss, 830.537.4389, theda@gvtc.com

 

BONHAM, Fannin Co.
Oct. 29 • Archeology Month Open House at the Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site
The Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site will host an open house on October 29 in celebration of October as Texas Archeology Month. The visitor center will include a display of archeological materials uncovered during an excavation at the Sam Rayburn House. Refreshments and guided tours will be available.  Sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission.  Free.  1–3:30 p.m. at 890 W. State Hwy. 56.  Information: 903-583-5558, srhm@thc.texas.gov

 

BRAZORIA, Brazoria Co.
Saturdays in October • Levi Jordan Plantation Saturday Site Tours
Join us for a walking tour of the Levi Jordan Plantation and overview of the history of its past occupants, ongoing preservation efforts, and the rich archeological resources that are an important part of interpreting this site. The tour includes a stroll through the quarters area, where former slave residences once stood.  Free.  10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 7234 FM 521.  Information: 979-798-2202.

 

BRENHAM, Washington Co.
Oct. 4 • National Night Out
Come join us for numerous activities that include: marine archaeology exhibit, corn and cotton exhibit, Buffalo Soldier, Confederate Soldier, World War II exhibit, art exhibit, history of the Milroy Garden, special invitational antique car exhibit, free American and Texas flags, Fire truck exhibit, EMS exhibit, City and County government exhibit, and demonstrations on how to make homemade ice cream with a hand turn freezer. Sponsored by Drs. Wilfred and Bobbie (in Spirit) Dietrich, and the people living in the 40-acre tract of the Milroy Garden and Orchard. Free. 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Milroy Garden, 700 Milroy Dr. Information: Wilfred Dietrich, 979.836.3120, Wilfred.bobbie@sbcglobal.net

 

BROWNSVILLE, Cameron Co.
Oct. 15 • Rio Grande Delta International Archeology Fair
Join us for our Annual Rio Grande Delta International Archaeology Fair at the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park. The fair provides the community an opportunity to learn about archaeology, local archaeological resources, and the value of resource preservation. See exhibits by professional and avocational archaeologist, as well as local museums from both sides of the border. Exhibits will feature local archaeological investigations and demonstrations of period technological advances. The fair includes educational games and activities for visitors of all ages. The event is free and for audiences of all ages. Free. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 7200 Paredes Line Rd. Information: Rolando Garza, 956.541.2785 ext. 331, rolando_garza@nps.gov, http://www.nps.gov/paal/index.htm or Russell Skowronek, 956.665.8085, russell.skowronek@utrgv.edu, https://www.nps.gov/paal/index.htm  

 

BRYAN, Brazos Co.
Oct 1 • 11th Annual Boonville Days: Heritage Fair
Learn about Brazos County’s pioneer history: visit with characters in period costume, observe demonstrations of frontier skills and trades, see an authentic stagecoach, live bison, team of ox, and much more. Our activity area will keep children busy learning to make pinch pots and other period crafts. A great variety of musical performances will show continually during the day. Sponsored by Brazos CHC. Free. Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, at The Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Dr. Information: Deborah Cowman, Exec. Dir., 979.776.2195, dcowman@brazosvalleymuseum.org or Maria Lazo, 979.776.2195, education@brazosvalleymuseum.org www.brazosvalleymuseum.org

 

BURNET, Burnet Co.
Oct. 1 • Texas Time Travelers
Go back in time to the mid-1800s and learn all about how Central Texas used to be.  Join Inks Lake State Park for a glimpse at life here 150 years ago! Learn about Texas history, the fur trade and more (probably a few tall tales too)!  Free with Park admission.  10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 3630 Park Road 4 West near the central park area by park store (look for the tee-pee).  Information: Sean Jones, 512-793-4689, sean.jones@tpwd.texas.gov

 

Oct. 12 • Burnet County Archeology Fair
Join the Llano Uplift Archeological Society and the Nightengale Archeological Center for an archeology fair including flint knapping demonstrations as well as lithics, native pottery making and historic archeology of Texas exhibits.  Sponsored by the Nightengale Archeological Center, Herman Brown Free Library, and Burnet County Historical Commission.  Free. 2 – 4 p.m. at Herman Brown Free Library, Meeting Room, 100 E. Washington Street.  Information: Pat Hatten, 830-598-5261 or Herman Brown Free Library, http://www.hermanbrownlibrary.org

 

CALLIHAM, McMullen Co.
Tuesdays and Thursdays in October • History of Calliham
Do you love history? Perhaps you are just a little curious about the park attractions and local history. Come to this presentation to have your questions answered.  What brought people to the area? How did the park get here? Why do people come here now and what makes the area special? Whether you love history or are simply curious about Choke Canyon State Park and the local area, come to this program to have your questions about our history answered. Feel free to ask other questions about the park too. Free with park admission ($5).  2 – 3 p.m. at Choke Canyon State Park, Calliham Unit.  Information: Paul Jaure, 361-786-3868, paul.jaure@tpwd.texas.gov

 

CANYON, Randall Co.
Oct. 14 • Archeology Day
Come celebrate Texas Archaeology at the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum with demonstrations, activities and interactive lectures all centered around the rich archaeology of the Texas Panhandle.  Recommended for Grades 3-7.  Sponsored by the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum.  $3 per student and teachers and required chaperones are free.  9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at 2503 4th Avenue.  Reservations are required by Oct. 11, 2016, and can be made by calling Elaina Cunningham at 806-651-2258 or email at ecunningham@pphm.wtamu.edu.

 

COMSTOCK, Val Verde Co.
Wednesdays through Sundays in October • Fate Bell Shelter Pictograph Guided Tour
Come out to the Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site for a guided-hike tour and descend into Seminole Canyon to view prehistoric paintings (pictographs).  $5 plus park admission. 10 -11:30 a.m. and 3 – 4:30 p.m. at Park Headquarters Building.  Information: Tanya Petruney, 432-292-4464, tanya.petruney@tpwd.texas.gov, http://tpwd.texas.gov/calendar/seminole-canyon/fate-bell-shelter-pictograph-guided-tour/2016-10-21

 

Saturdays in October • White Shaman Pictograph Panel Guided Hike
Join a Rock Art Foundation member to descend into a side canyon of the Pecos River to view the White Shaman Panel.  Adults: $10, Children (12 and under): Free. 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Meet the guide at the Galloway Preserve gate, located 1.5 miles west from Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site.  Information: Greg Williams, 210-525-9907, rockartfoundationa@gmail.com, http://tpwd.texas.gov/calendar/seminole-canyon/white-shaman-pictograph-p...

 

Oct. 14-16 • Rock Art Foundation Annual Rendezvous
The 2015 Rendezvous will be held at the White Shaman Preserve and will offer as many rock art tours as possible over the weekend. Tours that are planned: White Shaman, Shumla School Campus, Meyers Springs, Bonfire Shelter, Eagle Cave, and Curly Tail Panther. Camping will be available at the White Shaman Preserve. Coffee and sweet rolls will be served Saturday and Sunday mornings with a BBQ dinner on Saturday night. Admission: $70 per person; free for 12 and younger with parents. Friday through Sunday. U.S. Hwy 90 at the Pecos River. Information: Greg Williams, 210.525.9907, rockartfoundation@gmail.com, http://www.rockart.org/tours_events/events.cfm.

 

DALLAS, Dallas Co.
Oct. 20 • Blood in the Dust, Death in the Dark: Combat and Chemical Warfare at Roman Dura-Europos, Syria
Come see a presentation by Simon James.  A Kress Alumni Lecture co-sponsored by Archeological Institute of America and the SMU Classical Studies Club.  6:30 p.m. with a dinner to follow at Dedman Life Sciences Building, Room 131, South Methodist University 3110 University Blvd. Information: lectures@aia.bu.edu

 

DENISON, Grayson Co.
Oct. 8 • Eisenhower Birthplace: Birthday Celebration
Celebrate Dwight Eisenhower’s birth in Denison, Texas, with activities, displays, entertainment, and free Birthplace House tours.  Sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission.  Free.  11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 609 S. Lamar Ave.  Information: 903.465.8908, john.akers@thc.texas.gov, eisenhower-birthplace@thc.state.tx.us, http://www.visiteisenhowerbirthplace.com.  

 

Oct. 22-23 • Eisenhower Birthplace: Lost Neighborhood Self-Guided Tours
The Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site, Red Store welcomes you to participate in self-guided tours of the neighborhood that once surrounded the house. These houses are gone but their outlines will be drawn on the grounds where they once stood. Each will have a sign with what archeologists and historians have learned about these “lost” places.  Learn more about this neighborhood through a special exhibit in the Visitors Center. Free. Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 1 – 5 p.m. at 609 S. Lamar Ave. Information: 903.465.8908, john.akers@thc.texas.gov, eisenhower-birthplace@thc.state.tx.us, http://www.visiteisenhowerbirthplace.com.  

 

EL PASO, El Paso Co.
Oct. 1 • Copper Prospect Mine Tour
Let's head underground to explore some of the hidden secrets of the Franklin Mountains!  Limited to 20 participants.  Must CALL to RESERVE and participate.  Please call: (915) 566-6441, Mon. through Fri.  Adults: $3 and Children $1.  8 – 9:30 a.m. at Franklin Mountains State Park, Tom Mays Unit (West Cottonwood Springs Trailhead).  Information: Adrianna Weickhardt, 915-566-6441, adrianna.weickhardt@tpwd.texas.gov

 

Oct. 15-16 • Annual Interpretive Fair
Come out to Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site’s 22nd Annual Interpretive Fair. This event is family oriented and focuses on the use of outreach and education to inspire the preservation of the Site’s natural and cultural resources. This year’s program includes a variety of events including Native American dancing and drumming, cultural dances and storytelling, pictograph, birding, and nature tours, recreational activity demonstrations, and booths. We will also be hosting an evening program starting at 6:30 pm on Saturday. Sponsored by Texas Parks & Wildlife and co-hosted by the Texas Wildlife Association Foundation.  Free.  Saturday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site, 6900 Hueco Tanks Road No. 1, Information: Dr. Kendra Moore, 915.856.3356, Kendra.Moore@tpwd.texas.gov, http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/hueco-tanks

 

Oct. 15 • International Archeology Day at the El Paso Museum of Archeology
Activities for all ages including flint knapping, pinch-pot making, table-top excavations, atlatl throwing, and Tigua bread sampling!  Film screening of Ancient America: The Southwest.  Learn about the art and artifacts left behind by the Ancestral Puebloans, Hohokam and other cultures.  Learn about zooarchaeology through a lecture by Alex Mares who will discuss the cultural impact experienced from the domestication and use of horses by the Navajo.  Sponsored by the El Paso Museum of Archeology.  Free.  10 a.m – 4 p.m. at the El Paso Museum of Archeology 4301 Transmountain Drive.  Information: Jeff Romney, 915-755-4332, Romneyjk@elpasotexas.gov

 

Saturdays in Oct. • Atl-Atl and Archery Demonstrations and Free Public Tours
Celebrate Texas Archeology Month with demonstrations put on the Citadel of the Southern Pass, Local Chapter of the Creative Anachronism for the Archery and the El Paso Museum of Archaeology for the atl-atl and are open to public participation.  Trained and authorized safety Marshalls are present so archers are welcome to bring their own recurve and long bows as well (no compound bow on the range).  Also the Museum staff is on hand to teach visitors how to use the atl-atl on a separate atl-atl range.  Sponsored by the El Paso Museum of Archeology.  Free.  10:30 a.m at the El Paso Museum of Archeology 4301 Transmountain Drive.  Information: Jeff Romney, 915-755-4332, Romneyjk@elpasotexas.gov

 

FLOWER MOUND, Denton Co.
Oct. 15 • Archeology Day at the Cabin
Join us as we dig up history! This family event will teach children how to be good stewards of historical sites. Our archeology stewards will investigate several locations around the log cabin and provide demonstrations.  Hosted by the Denton County Office of History and Culture.  Free.  9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Gibson-Grant Cabin, 4801 Quail Run.  Information: Kelsey.Jistel@dentoncounty.com, 940-349-2850

 

FORT MCKAVETT STATE HISTORIC SITE, Menard Co.
Oct. 1 • Archeology Day and Fall Star Party 2016 at Fort McKavett State Historic Site
Join us at Fort McKavett State Historic Site for a day and night of exploration as we spend the day looking at artifacts found at Fort McKavett during the archaeological digs done at the site since the 1970’s.  Come watch our living historians demonstrate the art of Experimental Archaeology as they perform historic tasks using historic tools and methods.  See the amazing finds of stones, glassware, metal buttons and fragments, and much more.  Stay with us or come back after dusk and gaze upon the heavens with the Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society as they use their high-powered telescopes to reach into and beyond the stars!  Sponsored by Fort McKavett State Historic Site, Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society, Friends of Fort McKavett, and the Texas Historical Commission.  $4 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-18, and Free for children under 6.  10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Dusk- Midnight at Fort McKavett State Historic Site, 7066 FM 864.  Information: Kevin Malcolm, 325-396- 2358, Kevin.Malcolm@thc.texas.gov

 

FREDERICKSBURG, Gillespie Co.
Oct. 1, 2, 8, and 9 • Enchanted Rock Summit Trail Hike
Come and enjoy a guided hike with a Park Ranger or Volunteer Naturalist for the hike to the top of Enchanted Rock.  Learn about the Vernal Pools, geology, Native American history at Enchanted Rock, flora, fauna, and folklore. Free with Park admission ($7).  9 – 10:30 a.m. at 16710 Ranch Rd. 965 at t the gazebo at the summit trail.  Information: Scott Whitener, 830-685-3636, scott.whitener@tpwd.texas.gov

 

GAUSE, Milam Co.
Oct. 20 • 18th Century Spanish Colonial Historic Cultural Landscapes:  Cradle of Ervipiame Settlement Patterns in the Arms of Our Lord -- Brazos de Dios –
The presenter of this event is archaeologist, Sergio Iruegas. Recent historical archaeology studies have provided new perspectives of indigenous interaction with Spanish Colonial Missions.  Few studies have considered that by the time the Hispanic colonists came to the northern reaches of Nueva Espana from the Coahuila area, Los Primero settlers were the result of 200 years of intermarriage between Spanish and indigenous people through missionization processes.  The Ervipiame epitomized this cultural crucible, hence the name of their leader, Juan Rodiguez in 1724.  A multi-Cultural emic perspective of how 18th Century native settlements evolved with the Spanish mission complex has yet to be incorporated into the historical and archaeological literature.  The El Camino Real de los Texas Rancheria Grande Project researchers have reviewed and analyzed original Spanish Colonial written texts, verified 20th century translations, incorporated oral histories, and documented evidence from the archaeological record at a Road and Trail Segment Site of El Camino Real and three historic Native American Village Sites in Milam county.  Researchers officer a model of 18th century historic cultural landscape settlement patterns, in the context of the San Xavier Mission Complex, which refines our national narrative.  Sponsored by The Certified Local Government Committee (CLG) of the Milam County Historical Commission.  Free.  6:00 p.m. at Gause First Baptist Church Gym, Walnut St.  Information: Geri Burnett, 512-446-508, geriburnett@sbcglobal.net or Mary Neely, m9nee@yahoo.com; www.milamcountyhistoricalcommission.org

 

GUADALUPE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, Culberson County
Oct. 1 • Pioneer Prosperity
Step back in time to the 1900's and visit the homestead of the John Thomas Smith family. Discover how this first family survived and thrived in the harsh desert landscape of the Guadalupe Mountains.  Free.  10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Frijole Ranch Museum, 400 Pine Cyn, Salt Flat, TX.  Information: (915) 828-3251.

 

HOUSTON, Harris Co,
Sep. 15 • Excavations at San Felipe de Austin 2014 – 2016
Jeff Durst, regional archeologist for the Texas Historical Commission, will present a program on excavations at the site of San Felipe de Austin began in June of 2014 as part of the annual Texas Archeological Society Field School and continued on in the 2015 and 2016 TAS Field Schools.  The excavations which took place at the Texas Historical Commission’s San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site, focused on the historic “town lot” 566 where the Farmer’s Hotel was reportedly constructed between 1829 and1830. While still under construction the building served as the town hall described by San Felipe resident Noah Smithwick in his memoirs.  The structure was described as being 32 feet square with a brick cellar 6 feet deep. The first season focused on attempting to locate the four corners of the brick cellar and getting an idea of the construction method of the brick outer wall of the cellar.  The second season continued the attempt to define the four corners of the cellar and also included a centrally located unit aimed at identifying the floor of the cellar. A third session was held in November of 2015 in order to take at least a few of the previously open units all the way to the floor of the basement.  Returning in 2016, excavations focused on two other features known to have been located on this same lot. The four seasons produced an interesting array of artifacts and features which will be discussed during this presentation.  Sponsored by the Houston Archeological Society.  Free.  7 – 9 p.m. at MD Anderson Hall, the University of St. Thomas, 3800 Montrose Blvd.  Information: Linda Gorski, 713-557-1496, indagorski@cs.com                  

 

Oct. 4 • Archaeological Legacy of Poverty Point
A remarkable earthworks complex that was built and occupied by American Indians from about 1700 to 1100 BCE in what is today northeast Louisiana is designated Poverty Point World Heritage Site. Some archaeologists refer to Poverty Point as the "New York City" of its day because it was so huge, sophisticated and out-of-character compared to everything else going on at that time. Trading hub, engineering marvel, monument to ingenuity—the original configuration included five earthen mounds; six nested, c-shaped, earthen ridges that served as the habitation area; and a flat interior plaza. Although it is not the oldest or the largest mound complex in North America, it stands out as something special—a singularity—because of its scale and design, and because the people here lived by hunting, fishing and gathering wild foods. Also, because there was no naturally occurring rock at the site, tons of stone for tools and other objects were brought in over distances up to 800 miles. At Poverty Point, we can glimpse a reflection of humanity that no longer exists.  Co-sponsored by the Houston Archeological Society and the Fort Bend Archeological Society. Tickets $18, Members $12.  6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, 5555 Hermann Park Dr.  Information: Linda Gorski, 713-557-1496

 

Oct. 15 • International Archeology Day at the Houston Museum of Natural Science
Come join us as the Houston Archeological Society celebrates International Archeology Day on Saturday, October 15th at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.   HAS members will man several exhibit tables with hands-on displays for kids and adults to touch and feel some of the artifacts we have recovered from local archeological sites.  Initiated by the American Institute of Archeology in 2011, International Archeology Day celebrates archeology and the thrill of discovery.    On October 15th, professional and avocational archeologists from all over the greater Houston area will celebrate the day by highlighting exciting discoveries in local archeology.  In addition to presentations and programs about archeological excavations in the Houston area, the event will also feature a family-friendly archeology fair with interactive hands-on displays, flintknapping demonstrations, and arts and crafts for kids focusing on the prehistoric era.   HMNS docents will man the Museum touch carts from several exhibits, including Egypt, Hall of the Americas and Paleontology and Human Evolution.  Attendees will receive a goody bag with handouts from participating organizations, including bookmarks, rulers, brochures and other surprises.  This event is sponsored by the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Houston Archeological Society, the Texas Department of Transportation and several other local groups.     Exhibits in the Grand Hall of the museum, including the one sponsored by HAS, will be free of charge.  Additional exhibits in Glassell Hall will be free for HMNS members but will require an entry ticket for others.  10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 5555 Herman Park Drive.  Information: http://www.hmns.org/index.php?s=international+archeology+day; Linda Gorski, Linda Gorski, 713-557-1496, lindagorski@cs.com

 

Oct. 17 • Ancient Encounters Family Event – Ancient Houston
Celebrate International Archeology Day and introduce yourself to a world cultures through hands on activities specially designed for children.  Sponsored by the Archeological Institute of America, Houston Society.  Free.  10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Buffalo Bayou, 105 Sabine Street at the Sabine Street Bridge.  Information: Becky Lao, 713-364-6344, archaeologyhouston@gmail.com

 

Oct. 20 • Moundville's Hemphill Style Art & Iconography
Archeologist and HAS member Dr. Erin Phillips, will present a program for the Houston Archeological Society on art and iconography found on artifacts recovered in Moundville, Alabama.  Moundville, in west, central Alabama is among the largest Mississippian ceremonial centers with 32 earthen mounds. The people of Moundville produced a number of different kinds of naturalistic, representational, and geometric images including designs representing supernatural entities in the local Hemphill Style (AD 1300-1450) such as winged serpents, crested birds and Hand-and-eye designs. Hemphill-style images can be found on engraved, incised, and painted pottery; stone palettes, stone pendants, and copper gorgets.  Dr. Phillips is the regional Labs Manager for Coastal Environments, working at Moore Archeological Consulting here in Houston.  Her research interests focus on art in archaeological contexts; archaeology of complex societies in the southeastern United States, specifically Mississippian archaeology; and ceramic analysis. While her MA thesis “Social Status as Seen Through the Distribution of Paint Palettes, Stone Pendants, and Copper Gorgets in Moundville Burials” focused on the contexts of three different Hemphill-style genres, her PhD dissertation “Social Contexts of Production and Use of Pottery Engraved in the Hemphill Style at Moundville” centered around a stylistic analysis of the art itself. Sponsored by the Houston Archeological Society. Free.   7:00 p.m. at MD Anderson Hall (Building 20) at the University of St. Thomas, 3800 Montrose Blvd.  Please note the new starting time for the HAS meeting due to a class using MD Anderson Hall until 7:00 p.m.  Information: Linda Gorski, 713-557-1496, lindagorski@cs.com, Parking Information: For a campus map, go to www.stthom.edu and look for the Interactive Map, Building 20, Anderson Hall.  Street parking is available as well as paid parking at Moran Center Garage at the corner of West Alabama and Graustark                

 

Oct. 20 • Mythological Beasts: Dragon Bones, Griffin Claws-and Dinosaurs
Lecture by Dr. Adrienne Mayor.  How could dragons —imaginary animals — be found in cultures all over the world? For millennia, storytellers have recounted tales about mysterious creatures, but the vivid human imagination is only part of the story. Accounts from classical Greece, Europe, North America, and China tell of physical evidence that was taken as proof that fabulous beasts once really existed. Explore the kinds of puzzling natural evidence that led people to believe in dragons, griffins, and other fantastic creatures. Did ancient discoveries of dinosaur fossils play a role?  Sponsored by the Archaeology Institute of America.  Free.  12: 30 p.m. at Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive.  Information: Becky Lao, 713-364-6344, archaeologyhouston@gmail.com

 

Oct. 22 • The Griffin and the Dinosaur
A talk for families presented by Dr. Adrienne Mayor.  People have told exciting stories about griffins, dragons, sea monsters, and giants for thousands of years. Were they real?  What is the truth? Tour of Paleontology Hall to follow.  Sponsored by the Archaeology Institute of America.  Free with museum admission.  Presented in conjunction with the “Cabinet of Curiosities” Exhibit.  9 a.m. at at Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive.  Information: Becky Lao, 713-364-6344, archaeologyhouston@gmail.com

 

HUNSTVILLE, Walker Co.
Oct. 11 • The Untold Stories of San Felipe de Austin and How We Know What We Know
The Sam Houston Memorial Museum hosts Bryan McAuley, the Texas Historical Commission site director for San Felipe de Austin who will will discuss the archival and archeological discoveries from the last three years at Stephen F Austin's townsite. He will also provide details of the planned visitor's center.  Sponsored by the Sam Houston Memorial Museum.  Free.  7-9 p.m. at the Katy and Don Walker Education Center 1402 19th Street.  Information: Sandra Rogers, 936-661-9882, Sojourne@att.net  

 

JACKSBORO, Jack Co.
Oct. 15 • Mock Archaeology Dig at Fort Richardson State Park and Historic Site
Get ready to dig and find lost treasures and maybe even some lost bones in our mock dig at Fort Richardson State Park and Historic Site celebrating TPWD's archeology month.  9 – 10 a.m. at 228 State Park Road 61.  Information:  Ray Monroe, 940-567-3506,ray.monroe@tpwd.texas.gov

 

KAUFMAN, Kaufman Co.
Oct. 8 • Archeology Day "Trades of the Past"
Come join the Kaufman County Historical Commission for a fun day of digging, tours of the Poor Farm, demos and chuck wagon beans and cornbread. Free .11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Kaufman County Poor Farm, 3948 S. Houston St.  Information: www.KCHC@kaufmancounty.net or 469-376-4121

 

KERRVILLE, Kerr Co.
Oct. 15 • Event: HCAA Annual Archeology Celebration
Come join the Hill Country Archeological Association at the Riverside Nature Center for a fun afternoon of artifact identification, demos, presentations, and refreshments. Dr. Robert Lassen and Sergio Ayala from the Gault School of Archaeological Research (GSAR) will present their research on Folsom Technology and Sites in the Southwest and a New Quarry Site in Gillespie County. Sponsored by the Hill Country Archeological Association. Free. 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Information: HCArcheology.org, Kay Woodward, twoodward1@stx.rr.com

 

KILLEEN, Bell Co.
Oct. 20 • Central Texas Archeology Fair
Texas A&M University-Central Texas is joining in partnership with the Fort Hood Director of Public Works-Cultural Resources Branch to celebrate its second annual Archaeology Fair.  A&M-Central Texas faculty, staff, student volunteers and Fort Hood archaeologists will provide hands-on activities and interactive demonstrations for children and adults. Activities and demonstrations at this public event will include: stone-tool making demonstrations, spear throwing activity and demonstrations, prehistoric artifact displays, a create-your-own Rock Art activity and a play excavation activity for young children. This event is sponsored by A&M-Central Texas and Fort Hood Director of Public Works–Cultural Resources Branch and is free and open to the community. Food will be available for purchase at the event.​ Free. 10am-1pm. Texas A&M University Central Texas 1101 Leadership Place, Killeen. Information:  Christine Jones, 254-519-5405, bioarchjones@tamuct.edu

 

KINGSLAND, Burnet Co.
Oct. 12 • LUAS Monthly Meeting/ Excavations at San Felipe de Austin 2014 – 2016
Jeff Durst, regional archeologist for the Texas Historical Commission, will present a program on excavations at the site of San Felipe de Austin began in June of 2014 as part of the annual Texas Archeological Society Field School and continued on in the 2015 and 2016 TAS Field Schools.  The excavations which took place at the Texas Historical Commission’s San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site, focused on the historic “town lot” 566 where the Farmer’s Hotel was reportedly constructed between 1829 and1830. While still under construction the building served as the town hall described by San Felipe resident Noah Smithwick in his memoirs.  The structure was described as being 32 feet square with a brick cellar 6 feet deep. The first season focused on attempting to locate the four corners of the brick cellar and getting an idea of the construction method of the brick outer wall of the cellar.  The second season continued the attempt to define the four corners of the cellar and also included a centrally located unit aimed at identifying the floor of the cellar. A third session was held in November of 2015 in order to take at least a few of the previously open units all the way to the floor of the basement.  Returning in 2016, excavations focused on two other features known to have been located on this same lot. The four seasons produced an interesting array of artifacts and features which will be discussed during this presentation.  7 p.m. at the Nightengale Archeological Center, 201 Circle Dr.  Information: Lisa Weatherford, 512-809-3685, lisa.weatherford@gmail.com or Chuck Hixson, 325-423-0379, charles.hixson@gmail.com; www.texasluas.org                                   

 

Oct. 22 • LUAS Archeology Fair
The Llano Uplift Archeological Society (LUAS) will hold its annual archeology fair and open house at the Nightengale Archeological Center in Kingsland.  Activities include tours of the Kingsland Site, which is a State Antiquities Landmark; opportunities to test atlatl and rabbit stick skills; processing fibers to make cordage; painting pebbles; and sampling yaupon holly tea.  Exhibits include an interpretive museum and a replica of a prehistoric campsite, including a hut and cooking feature.  Sponsored by the Llano Uplift Archeological Society.  Free.  1 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Nightengale Archeological Center, 201 Circle Dr.  Information: Lisa Weatherford, 512-809-3685, lisa.weatherford@gmail.com or Chuck Hixson, 325-423-0379, charles.hixson@gmail.com; www.texasluas.org                      

 

LA GRANGE, Fayette Co.
Sep. 17 • Return of Heroes
Texas Heroes Day: Annual event on the Saturday closest to Sept. 18. Enjoy a day of honoring Texas heroes, including those who fought and died for the Republic of Texas. The event specially commemorates the men of the Dawson Massacre and the Mier Expedition. Enjoy pioneer craft demonstrations, re-enactors, cannon and musket salutes, dulcimer music, historic flag display, a special presentation, and guided tours.  Free.  8:30 a.m – 12 p.m. at Monument Hill-Kreische Brewery State Historical Site, 414 State Loop 92 La Grange, TX 78945 (On the Bluff).  Information: Gary E. McKee, 979-966-2697

 

LAMPASAS, Lampasas Co.
Oct. 8, 15, and 22 • Tour of Historical Lampasas County Courthouse
A guided historical tour of the 1884 Lampasas County Courthouse, the 3rd oldest courthouse in continuous use in Texas.  Sponsored by the Lampasas County Historical Commission.  Free. 2 p.m. in historic downtown Lampasas at 501 E. 4th Street.  Information: Clydell Wallace, 512-564-0255, clydellw@att.com

 

LAPORTE, Harris Co.
Oct. 15 • Hard Hat Tour Aboard the Battleship TEXAS
The Battleship TEXAS was a major component of “The Longest Day” and visitors will gain an appreciation for the naval contribution to this watershed event and visit locations aboard the ship in which decisions and events were made and carried out. Some of the spaces visited will be the Flag and Navigation Bridges, the big gun ammunition magazines and handling rooms, main gun turret and others reflecting where combat action, damage and the treatment of casualties were experienced.  Hard Hat tours are a truly unique opportunity to see the inner workings of the ship. Go behind those locked doors with expertly lead tours through the boiler rooms, turrets, shell and powder handling rooms, and so much more.  In conjunction with the “Hard Hat Tour” this year the FTV is pleased to announce the “Specialty” Hard Hat Tour focusing on the Normandy invasion of 1944. there is no regular admission fee charged for the special tour. Instead, a minimum donation of $50.00 per person for the Hard Hat Tour and a minimum donation of $30.00 per person for the “Specialty” Hard Hat Tour, or $80 for both.  If you wish to attend both tours the cost will be $80.00 per person but you must attend either the 8:30am or the 10:30am hard hat tour in order to be ready for the 3:00pm tour.  8 a.m. – 6 p.m. at 3523 Independence Parkway South.  To make reservations please visit www.firsttexasvolunteers.org Information: Barbara Graf, 281-479-2431 ext. 234, barbara.graf@tpwd.texas.gov.

 

LEAKEY, Real Co.
Sep 30 to Oct. 1 • Texas Outdoor Education Association Workshop
The Texas Outdoor Education Association Workshop provides a dynamic learning experience for educators by educators.  The event will host from 50 - 70 different sessions, over a three-day period, from academic topics addressing the Texas Knowledge and Skills to physical education in all levels of learning.  Sponsored by the Texas Outdoor Education Association.  $150 registration fee minus $25 per presentation. Friday, 2:30 p.m. – Sunday, 12:00 p.m. at HEB Foundation Campsite, 11756 North U.S. Hwy. 83.  Information: Carlos Guerrera, 361-522-6944, cargue6944@gmail.com

 

LIPSCOMB, Lipscomb Co.
Oct. 22 • Wolf Creek Heritage Museum Annual Fundraiser
An annual event sponsored by the Lipscomb county historical commission to raise funds for the museum.   $25.00.  6:30 - 10:00 pm at the Lipscomb School House (auditorium) on Third St.  Information: Virginia Scott or Lovella Theissen, 806-852-2123, wolfcrk@amaonline.com

 

LOCKHART, Caldwell Co.
Oct. 21-22 • Speaking of the Dead Night Ramblings in a Texas Graveyard
Join the Caldwell County Historical Commission for the 13th Annual Speaking of the Dead Night Ramblings in a Texas Graveyard.  $12.  Information: Kathy McCormick, 512-626-1637 

 

LONGVIEW, Gregg Co.
Oct. 11 – Nov. 5 • Gregg County Historical Museum Exhibits
The exhibit, Finding Tejas: The discovery of Mission Concepcion in Western Nacogdoches County featuring photographs and materials provided by Tom Middlebrook, TASN Steward from Nacogdoches County, will be on display in the Gregg County Historical Museum between October 11 through November 5.  Also on permanent exhibit is the Buddy Calvin Jones Caddo Collection.  Adults $5, Seniors $2, Students $1.  Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 214 N. Fredonia St.  Information: Lindsay Loy, 903-753-5840, director@gregghistorical.org, or Patti Haskins, 903-753-5840, patti@gregghistorical.org

 

Oct. 20 • Finding Tejas: The Discovery of Mission Concepcion in Western Nacogdoches County
Tom Middlebrook, TASN Steward from Nacogdoches County, will be presenting the results of his research on the discovery of Mission Concepcion in Nacogdoches County.  Free.  6:30 p.m. at 214 N. Fredonia St.  Information: Lindsay Loy, 903-753-5840, director@gregghistorical.org, or Patti Haskins, 903-753-5840, patti@gregghistorical.org

 

MARBLE FALLS, Burnet Co.
Oct. 22 • Archeology Saturday
Are you a collector, have a small collection of artifacts, or just interested in Texas archeology?  If so, bring your artifacts and come join the Falls on the Colorado Museum to document area collections. The event will also include flint knapping demonstrations and a talk by Professor emeritus (UT-Austin), Dr. Thomas Hester.  Sponsored by the Falls on the Colorado Museum.  Free.   10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 2001   Broadway Street.  Information: Dr. Thomas Hester, 210-288-5949, secocreek17@gmail.com

 

MARSHALL, Harrison Co.
Oct. 1 • Gravestone Care Workshop and Greenwood Cemetery Twilight Tour at the Starr Family Home State Historic Site
Come and learn how to properly clean and care for gravestones with Rusty Brenner of Cemetery Preservation Supply, then stay for a twilight tour of the historic Greenwood Cemetery. Sponsored by the THC Starr Family Home State Historic Site. Free. 5:35-7:30 at the Greenwood Cemetery at the intersection of East Avenue and One Tiger Drive.  Information: Barbara Judkins, 903-935-3044, Barbara.Judkins@thc.texas.gov, or Nikki Dement, nikki.dement@thc.texas.gov, or  http://www.thc.texas.gov/historic-sites/starr-family-home-state-historic-site                                                 

 

Oct. 15 • Victorian Fair at the Starr Family Home State Historic Site
Come and enjoy Starr Family Home's 8th Annual Victorian Fair! The event includes outdoor games, living history demonstrations, arts and crafts, blacksmith demonstrations, and gift shop items.  Be sure to stay for the Victorian melodrama, performed every hour on the hour.  Sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission.  Free.  10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 407 W. Travis St.  Information: 903-935-3044, starr-family-home@thc.texas.gov

 

Oct. 29 • Marshall Cemetery Tours
Tours will be offered to three local historic cemeteries in Marshall during Halloween weekend! Starting at the Wiley Cemetery off the 2800 block of Roseborough Springs Road at 2:00, the tours will continue at the Powdermill Cemetery on George Gregg Road at 3:15, and end at the Marshall City Cemetery downtown on US Hwy. 80 at 4:30.  Sponsored by Michelson Art Museum, Harrison County Historical Museum, and the Starr Family Home State Historic Site.  Free.  2:00-5:45 p.m. beginning at terminus of dirt road off 2800 block of Roseborough Springs Road.  Information: Janet Cook, 903-935-8417, hchmcook@gmail.com or Barbara Judkins, 903-935-3044, barbara.judkins@thc.texas.gov.  

 

MEXIA, Limestone Co.
Oct. 1 • Archeology Family Day at the Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site
Bring a picnic lunch and celebrate Texas Archeology Month at the Confederate Reunion Grounds! Family Day schedule includes hands-on activities and demonstrations of native crafts and technologies – to include flint knapping, atlatl spear throwing, bows and arrows, and a mock dig. Visitors will be able to experience the tools and techniques used by archeologists during a dig and learn how to process artifacts and objects uncovered.  Sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission.  Free.  10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 1738 FM 2705.  Information: 254-472-0959, crg@thc.texas.gov

 

NACOGDOCHES, Nacogdoches Co.
Oct. 28-30 • 87th Annual Texas Archeological Society Meeting
2016 is the 300-year commemoration of the Spanish in Nacogdoches County and to celebrate, the Texas Archeological Society (TAS) Annual meeting will be held at the Stephen F. Austin University Student Center in Nacogdoches. This annual “gathering of the clan” will bring approximately 350 – 400 professional and avocational archeologists together for workshops, presentations, awards banquet, and a silent auction.  Friday night will feature a public forum with a presentation by TxDOT archeologist, Jason Barrett entitled “Rising in the East: The Changing Epicenter of Texas Archeology,” that details the resurgence of public archeology in the Houston area and the importance of regional archeological societies.   The Saturday night banquet will feature a presentation by associate professor of History at Duke University, Dr. Juliana Barr, entitled “There’s No Such Thing as ‘Pre’-History: What Caddos, Cahokia, and the Continent’s Longue Durée can tell us about Colonial America”.  Registration forms for the meeting are available on the TAS webpage http://www.txarch.org/forms/annualmeeting/index.php.  Admission: with registration by October 21; members $50, full-time students $20, banquet and speaker $35, speaker only $10; non-members $60, full-time students $25, banquet and speaker $45, speaker only $15. Fees increase after October 7. Friday 9 a.m.–Sunday 12 at 1936 North Street.  Information:  Tim Perttula and George Avery, am-organizer@txarch.org, http://www.txarch.org/Activities/AnnualMeeting/am2016/

 

NEW BRAUNFELS, Comal Co.
Oct. 14-15 • Soul Searching Night Ramblings in the Comal Cemetery
Relive the spirit of historic New Braunfels in this night time guided tour of the Comal Cemetery. Established in 1868, the Comal Cemetery is the burial ground for some of New Braunfels founders' and notable citizens. Join us at Soul Searching to hear the stories of these illustrious souls told by actors as living history portrayals.  This event is family friendly and funds raised will be used for cemetery improvements. This is a walking tour; golf cart tours are available for individuals who need assistance walking. Tour by golf cart is offered during the first tour of both nights. Please be sure to request a cart tour when purchasing your tickets.  Sponsored by the City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation.  $30.  Friday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct 15 at 5 p.m. Parking at Cypress Bend Park located at 503 Peace Avenue.  Information and tickets at 830-221-4350.  http://www.nbtexas.org/1832/Soul-Searching

 

PARIS, Lamar Co.
Oct. 1 - 31 • Gravestone Symbols and their Meanings in Evergreen at the Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site
As part of Archeology Month, the Sam Bell Maxey House is presenting "Gravestone Symbols and their Meanings in Evergreen."  Gravestones are very personal things, used to represent the people that they honor. In the past, different symbols and carvings on gravestones held certain meanings and told the viewer something about the deceased.  Throughout the month of October, visitors to Evergreen Cemetery will be able to learn about the meanings behind different symbols on the gravestones. Evergreen Cemetery is a local, historic cemetery located south of the Maxey House on Church Street. It is also where the Maxeys and the Longs are buried.  Free. 4 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery, south of Maxey House (812 South Church St.) on Church Street Information: 903-785-5716, sam-bell-maxey@thc.texas.gov

 

PLANO, Collin Co.
Oct. 22 • 14th Annual Plano Archaeology Fair
The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. is pleased to sponsor the 14th annual Plano Archaeology Fair!  Activities will include corn grinding, pictographs, rock painting, petroglyphs, face painting, cornhusk dolls, Ojo de Dios, pottery making, Atlatl throwing, hands-on excavation (special reservation only) and more!  The annual 2016 Plano Archaeology Fair includes numerous activities and provides an opportunity for children to learn about Native American culture and early settlement of Plano.  The Plano Archaeology Fair provides a look at both prehistoric and historic archaeology. Children participating in the excavation will learn archaeological techniques and how archaeologists interpret what they find. The hands-on excavation (special reservation only, see below) will take place in the southern end of the Bethany Historic Site where the school and teacher dormitory once stood.  There will be featured performances at 11 AM and 1:30 PM by the Bear Claw Singers, a local group of Native American performers.  In keeping with their traditional values the Bear Claw use their talents to bring together the Native American community to celebrate their proud heritage through song and dance.  Sponsored by the Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. Free.  10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Bethany Historic Site located north of Legacy Drive on Custer Road.  Parking is at the Larry Guinn Special Programs Center at 2221 Legacy Drive.  The hands-on excavation units are limited and available by reservation only! For excavation unit reservations email us at info@planoconservancy.orgHands-on excavation units are for children and adults, age 7 or older.  Information: info@planoconservancy.org., jcampbell@planoconservancy.org 

 

PORT LAVACA, Calhoun Co.
Oct. 26 • Texas Camel Corps Visit
Sharing Texas History, Texas Camel Corps visits Calhoun County seventh graders during Texas Archeology Month. Lectures on history, transportation, diet, care and textiles will be shared along with riding demonstrations. The Calhoun County Museum features an authentic    camel saddle and camel featured gifts. Related to Archeology, the Museum also displays a Karankawa Indian female facial design and Atakapan arrowheads, along with prehistoric mammoth tusks excavated in Calhoun County. The excavated LaSalle artifacts highlights the daily life of the French seaman. Docents will be available to answer museum questions.  Sponsored by the Calhoun County Historical Commission, Calhoun County Museum, and Calhoun County Independent School District.  Free.  8 a.m – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Calhoun County Museum, 301 S. Ann.  Information: Mary Belle Meitzen, 361-552-5931, mmeitzen@cableone.net or Calhoun County Museum, 361-553-4689, director@calhouncountymuseum.org, www.calhouncountyhc.org

 

QUITAQUE, Briscoe Co.
Oct. 8 • The Comanche:  Lord of the Plains...And Canyons
Learn about the Comanche influence in the Texas Panhandle and especially the Caprock Canyonlands.  This presentation is offered as a means to honor, educate, and also inspire others to protect our history and archeological sites in Texas.  Free with paid park entrance fee.  2 – 3 p.m. at Caprock Canyons State Park, 850 Park Road.  Information: Le'Ann Pigg, (806)455-1492, le'ann.pigg@tpwd.texas.gov.

 

Oct. 15 • The Red River War
Cultures in conflict describes it perfectly but still doesn't give this difficult time in history justice.  Learn about the struggle, the differing ideologies, and the story that the Red River War holds for those who will truly listen.  This presentation is a means to honor, educate, and inspire others to appreciate and preserve our unique history and archeological sites in Texas.  Free with paid park entrance fee.  2 – 3 p.m. at Caprock Canyons State Park, 850 Park Road.  Information: Le'Ann Pigg, (806)455-1492, le'ann.pigg@tpwd.texas.gov.

 

Oct. 22 • The Texan Santa Fe Expedition
This presentation is a means to honor, educate, and inspire others to appreciate and preserve our unique history and archeological sites in Texas.  Free with paid park entrance fee.  2 – 3 p.m. at Caprock Canyons State Park, 850 Park Road.  Information: Le'Ann Pigg, (806)455-1492, le'ann.pigg@tpwd.texas.gov.

 

Oct. 29 • The Comancheros
Learn about the history of New Mexican and Plains Indian relationships brought together by the concept of trade.  This presentation is a means to honor, educate, and inspire appreciation of the unique history and archeological sites in Texas.  Free with paid park entrance fee.  2 – 3 p.m. at Caprock Canyons State Park, 850 Park Road.  Information: Le'Ann Pigg, (806)455-1492, le'ann.pigg@tpwd.texas.gov.

 

ROCKPORT, Aransas Co.
Oct. 14, 15, 28, and 30 • Fulton Funeral Tours at the Fulton Mansion State Historic Site
Join us as we journey back in time to the days following George Fulton’s death on October 30, 1893, in an after-dark, guided tour of the Mansion’s poignant funeral exhibit that recreates the death and mourning customs common in the nineteenth-century home.  Tours are 30 minutes in length and begin promptly. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour. Limited to 8 people per tour. Limited to children 10 and older.  Pre-registration required. Tickets sold in advance at the Education and History Center. Adults: $6  and Youth: $4.  6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at 317 Fulton Beach Road.  Information: 361-729-0386,fulton-mansion@thc.texas.gov

 

Oct. 20 • Mansion Midday Matinee Brown Bag at the Fulton Mansion State Historic Site
Bring your friends and a sack lunch to the Fulton Mansion's Education and History Center for this FREE fascinating talk by Hal Simon, Interpretive Specialist with the Texas Historical Commission, about death and mourning in the Victorian Period titled, "Into the Silent Land: Death in the Victorian Age."  Sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission.  Free.  12 – 1 p.m. at 317 Fulton Beach Road.  Information: 361-729-0386, fulton-mansion@thc.texas.gov

 

SAN ANGELO, Tom Green Co.
Sep. 24 • Yester-Years Revisited
Guest of all ages and interests are invited to experience the diversity of cultures represented by Concho Valley inhabitants of long ago. Hands-on activities include digging for "Clues in the Dirt," metal detecting, and making medicine bags. Other activities will focus on blacksmithing, prehistoric food preparation (with samples), bow and arrow demonstrations and atlatl throwing.  Free.  10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, 630 Oakes.  Information: Callan Clark, 325-763-7361, clarkc74@gmail.com

 

SAN ANTONIO, Bexar Co.
Oct. 1 • 3rd Annual Yanaguana Indian Arts Market
The Briscoe Western Art Museum will host its third annual Yanaguana Indian Arts Market—the only one of its kind in Texas—on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2, 2016. Over 40 of the most respected Native American artists showcase and sell their handmade works of art including basketry, jewelry, carvings, beadwork, pottery, and more. Storytelling, dancing, musical performances, demonstrations—as well as Native American-inspired food—offer visitors a glimpse into tribal tradition and contemporary Native culture. Free.  10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Briscoe Western Art Museum, 210 W. Market Street.  Information: https://www.briscoemuseum.org/programs-events/yanaguana-indian-arts-market; Beth Foulds, bfoulds@BriscoeMuseum.org or 210-299-4499

 

Oct. 8 • STEAM Saturday Archaeology: Can You Dig It?
Experiment with archaeology at the Witte Museum during our annual celebration of Texas Archaeology Month. Excavate artifacts at a mock dig, find out how to make paint and create your own rock art like the ancient people of the Pecos region and meet professional archaeologists. Your whole family will “dig” this exciting day of hands-on learning and discovery. Free with museum admission.  12 p.m.- 4 p.m. at 3801 Broadway.  Information: Katye Brought, 210-357-1876, katyebrought@wittemuseum.org

 

Oct 13 • El Camino Real de los Tejas Site Certification Media Conference
As part of Texas Archeology Month, the Office of Historic Preservation will host a press event on the steps of City Hall to announce the certification of these significant sites and the nationally important designations.  Our office has been working with the National Trails Intermountain Region, National Park Service in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to certify eight new sites, in addition to a previously designated one, owned by the City of San Antonio as official EL Camino Real de los Tejas Historic Sites.  The trail was designated a National Historic Trail by Congress in October 2004.  Please join Mayor Ivy Taylor, City Manager Sheryl Sculley, Councilman Roberto Trevino, Councilman Alan Warrick (invited), Councilman Rey Saldana (invited), Councilman Mike Gallagher, Aaron Mahr, Superintendent, National Park Service National Trails Intermountain Region Office and other dignitaries as we celebrate this momentous occasion! l In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the Media Briefing Room in City Hall.  Free.  1:30-1:45 at 100 Military Plaza.  Information: Ximena Copa-Wiggins, 210-207-0221, https://www.facebook.com/events/182835195486629/

 

Oct 12 and 22 • Archeology Guest Speaker
You’ve heard about it on the news, now come see Dr. Nesta Anderson present a presentation detailing her recent work as Head Archaeologist of the Alamo Dig.  Free. Wednesday Oct. 12th, 6 – 7 p.m. at BiblioTech South, 3505 Pleasanton Road or Saturday October 22rd, 1 – 2 p.m. at BiblioTech West, 2003 S. Zarzamora, Bldg 10. Information: Alicia Hays, ahays@bexar.org, (210) 335-2607; BiblioTech West, 210-631-0190; BiblioTech South, 210-631-0180.

 

Oct 13 and 23 • Archeology for Children Presentation and Activity
Join UTSA Center for Archaeological Research for a thrilling “What is Archaeology” presentation complete with artifacts, ecofacts, and games for kids.  Sponsored by the Legacy Education Program at UTSA-CAR.  Free. Thursday Oct. 13th, 4 – 5 p.m. at BiblioTech West, 2003 S. Zarzamora, Bldg 10.  Sunday October 23rd, 2 – 3 p.m. at BiblioTech South, 3505 Pleasanton Road.  Information: Whitney Lytle, 210-458-4462, Whitney.Lytle@utsa.edu; BiblioTech West, 210-631-0190; BiblioTech South, 210-631-0180. 

 

Oct 15 • Archeology Day: Mission San Jose
UTSA-CAR partners with NPS and other local organizations to join this archaeology fair held at Mission San Jose in San Antonio, Texas! We host numerous activity stations like: atlatl, mock-dig, mapping, artifact displays, and more.  Sponsored by UTSA-CAR.  Free.   10 a.m – 3 p.m. at 6701 San Jose Drive.  Information: Whitney Lytle, 210-458-4462, Whitney.Lytle@utsa.edu, Susan Snow, 210-534-8875, https://www.nps.gov/saan/planyourvisit/calendar.htm 

 

Oct. 15 and 16 • 5th Annual Native American Indian Championship Powwow
Traders Village will host its fifth Annual Championship Pow Wow on Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16, 2016. This native American Pow Wow will include colorful tribal dance contest, an arts and crafts show, visiting with old friends making new ones, honoring ceremonies and much more and is presented by the DFW Inter-Tribal Association.  Several hundred Native Americans, representing dozens of tribes from across the United States, will take part in this celebration of their culture and heritage. The drums will beat for the dancers in full regalia of feathers, buckskin, bells and beadwork competing for prize money and awards in many different dance categories. Spectators will be amazed by the precision and showmanship that even the youngest competitors display in their dancing. Participants will range in age from toddlers to grandmothers in their 80’s.  Artists, craftsmen and traders from all over the country will showcase their wares and talents at the Arts & Crafts Show and Sale under the giant Brown Expo. Free (Parking $4).  10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Traders Village, 9333 SW Loop 410.  Information: http://tradersvillage.com/san-antonio/events/4th-annual-native-american-indian-championship-pow-wow/; 210-623-8383.

 

Oct. 18 and 20 • Archaeology Fundamentals
Learn and practice archaeological methods in this two-part session held at UTSA's Center for Archaeological Research. In week one, tour our working archaeological laboratory, see how archaeology can illuminate the human past, and participate in "experimental archaeology" by utilizing ancient technologies. In week two, learn about major archaeological discoveries in the San Antonio area and get the chance to process real artifacts in the lab using archaeological techniques.  $45 per student.  Tuesday and Thursday 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at UTSA-CAR, 6900 N. Loop 1604.  Information: Whitney Lytle, 210-458-4462, Whitney.Lytle@utsa.edu

 

Oct. 18 • Blood in the Dust, Death in the Dark: Combat and Chemical Warfare at Roman Dura-Europos, Syria
Come see a presentation by Simon James.  A Kress Alumni Lecture co-sponsored by Archeological Institute of America and the Trinity University Department of Classical Studies.  7:30 – 9 p.m. with a reception to follow at the Fiesta Room (Coates University Center 111), Trinity University Stadium Drive. Information: Joe Lamm, 210-367-1782, inchicorejoe@hotmail.com

 

Oct. 21 • Currents in Texas Archeology Symposium at the Witte
Join the Witte Museum and the City of San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation for the third annual Currents in Texas Archaeology Symposium. The symposium will feature scholarly sessions exploring fascinating recent and current archaeological discoveries from the San Antonio area, including recent excavations at The Alamo, the probable first site of Mission San Antonio de Valero, and the Spanish Colonial Powder House.  $10.  6:30 – 8: 30 p.m. at 3801 Broadway Avenue.  Information: Shenna Hayden, 210-357-1901, https://www.wittemuseum.org/exhibitions/calendar

 

SAN AUGUSTINE, San Augustine Co.
Oct. 8 • Dirt Detectives at the Mission Dolores State Historic Site
Celebrate Texas Archaeology Month with us at the Mission Dolores State Historic Site! Dig into the past and sift through clues to explain the history of the mission with our excavation simulation. After putting your “dirt detective” skills to use, tour our museum to see how archaeologists know what life was like at the mission in the 1700s.  Sponsored by THC and the Mission Dolores State Historic Site.  Free.  Saturday, 10 – 11 a.m. at 701 S. Broadway Street.  Information: 936-275-3815, brooke.bonorden@thc.texas.gov, http://www.thc.texas.gov/historic-sites/mission-dolores-state-historic-site  

 

SAN FELIPE, Austin Co.
Oct. 1 • Texas Archeology Month Event at the San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site
Join us at the San Felipe State Historic Site for special activities, tours and program offerings to celebrate Texas Archeology Month.  Sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission.  Free.  All Day Event at 15945 FM 1458.  Information: 979-885-2181, san-felipe@thc.texas.gov

 

Oct. 20 • Museum Ceremonial Groundbreaking at the San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site
Please join the Texas Historical Commission and the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission at San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site for a museum ceremonial groundbreaking on Thursday, Oct. 20. Sponsored by the TExas Historical Commission.  Free.  10 a.m at 15945 FM 1458.  Information: 979-885-2181, san-felipe@thc.texas.gov

 

SAN MARCOS, Hays Co.
Oct. 8 • 2016 Sacred Springs Powwow
Join over 4,500 attendees for a beautiful Native American festival culturally rich in music, art, dancing, and food. There will be an array of dancers, traditional drums and singers, spectacular Indian market with arts and craft booths, Native foods, a family art tent, and our all-new Native Culture tent with storytelling and presentations on the White Shaman Panel. Sponsored by the San Marcos Arts Commission, City of San Marcos, Tomblin Family Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, Texas State University, Affordable Golf Carts. Our special co-sponsors are the Texas State University's Hispanic Business Student Association, Signma Lambda Beta, and Sigma Lambda Gamma - outstanding student organizations.  Adults (12+) $10 for 2-day pass or $3 for Saturday Powwow Pass, Children (12 and under) Free.  10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Meadows Center, 201 San Marcos Spring Dr.  Information: http://www.indigenouscultures.org/powwow.html; https://www.eventbrite.com/e/6th-annual-sacred-springs-powwow-food-music-dance-art-tickets-23750497377

 

Oct. 22 • City Cemetery Tales and Tours
In 2012, the Heritage Association joined with the Friends of the San Marcos Cemetery to organize a Cemetery Walk. The informative, inspiring and patriotic stroll through the historic San Marcos City Cemetery took place October 27, 2012, and featured the stories of more than a dozen veterans buried in the cemetery.  After the success of the inaugural event, a committee including members of both organizations began in early 2013 to plan a second walk for November 2, focusing on the early settlers of San Marcos. In 2014, the walk was renamed "City Cemetery Tales and Tours”.  Sponsored by the Heritage Associate of San Marcos and the Friends of the San Marcos Cemetery.  4 – 6 p.m. at the San Marcos City Cemetery.  Information: 512-392-4295, info@HeritageSanMarcos.org, http://www.heritagesanmarcos.org/city-cemetery-tales-and-tours.html  

 

TOMBALL, Harris Co.
Oct. 22 • Digging Old Stuff
Discover “The Way We Was.”  Celebrate early Texas culture at Kleb Woods Nature Center’s Digging Old Stuff.  Participate (ages 7 and up) in an archeological dig with members of the Houston Archeological Society and screen for artifacts.  Bring gardening gloves; we have trowels.   Forge a keepsake in our blacksmith shop.  Watch spinners turn cotton into thread.  Use natural plant dyes to make your own bandana.  Make candles, early Texan style.  Watch a woodworker use human-powered woodworking equipment.  Tour the historic Kleb home with members of the Cypress Historical Society.  Enjoy bluegrass music from 10 am – 2 pm.  Sponsored by Harris County Precinct 3, Commissioner Steve Radack.  Free.  9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 20303 Draper Road, Tomball TX  77377.  Information: Fred Collins, 281-357-5324.

 

TYLER, Smith Co.
Oct. 2 • Exploring the Ancient Maya Civilization
The University of Texas at Tyler will hold special public events next month in recognition of Archaeology Awareness Month.  Dr. Thomas Guderjan, UT Tyler assistant professor of anthropology, will give the lecture “Exploring the Ancient Maya Civilization”.  Sponsored by UT Tyler Global Awareness through Education and Honors Programs.  Free.  3 p.m at the University Center Theater 3900 University Blvd.  Information:  Dr. Thomas Guderjan 903.566.7418 or tguderjan@uttyler.edu

 

Oct. 9 • The Auguratorium of the Palatine: One of Rome’s Oldest Structures
Dr. Wade Meade, UT Tyler adjunct lecturer, will give the lecture “The Auguratorium of the Palatine: One of Rome’s Oldest Structures”.  Sponsored by UT Tyler Global Awareness through Education and Honors Programs.  Free.  3 p.m at the University Center Theater 3900 University Blvd.  Information:  Dr. Thomas Guderjan 903.566.7418 or tguderjan@uttyler.edu

 

Oct. 26 • The Art and Iconography of the Ancient Caddo People of East Texas
Dr. Kent Reilly, professor of anthropology at Texas State University, will present a Texas Archeology Society lecture “The Art and Iconography of the Ancient Caddo People of East Texas”.  This TAS public forum lecture is partially funded by Humanities Texas.  Free.  7 p.m at the University Center Theater 3900 University Blvd.  Information:  Dr. Thomas Guderjan 903.566.7418 or tguderjan@uttyler.edu

 

Nov. 4-6 • 7th Annual South-Central Conference of Mesoamerica
We invite you to attend the 7th annual South-Central Conference on Mesoamerica on the University of Texas at Tyler campus.  Papers and symposia are invited on the cultures of the Mesoamerican region with emphasis on current research and interpretations in art history, archaeology, ethnography, and history, and others.  Public Keynote Addresses include: Discovery, Mapping, Excavation, 3D Imaging Underwater Maya sites. Dr. Heather McKillop (Louisiana State University and Tula at 75:  What We Know, What We Still Don't know. Dr. Dan Healan (Tulane University).  Sponsored by Humanities Texas, Maya Research Program, Beta Analysis, Inc., and Center for Social Sciences, University of Texas at Tyler.  There is no registration fee for the conference.  Friday, 8:30 a.m. – Saturday 5:00 p.m. at at the UT-Tyler University Center Auditorium and ballroom.  Information: Dr. E. Cory Sills esills@uttyler.edu 903-566-7442, Colleen Hanratty cchanratty@gmail.com 682-429-5684, or Dr. Thomas H. Guderjan tguderjan@uttyler.edu  817-831-9011. 

 

VICTORIA, Victoria Co.
Tuesdays and Thursdays in October • Archeology Lab and Artifact Identification.
The public is invited to visit The Museum of the Coastal Bend on Tuesdays and Thursdays in October to observe a working archeology lab.  They can also bring in prehistoric artifacts for identification and dating.  Sponsored by the Coastal Bend Archeology Logistics Team (CoBALT).  Donations Accepted.  10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Museum of the Coastal Bend, 2200 E. Red River St.  Information: Frank Condron, 361-782-6733, frankcfilter-gen@yahoo.com.

 

WASHINGTON, Washington Co.
Oct. 15 • Living History Saturday at Independence Hall
Travel back in time to where a nation was born in 1836. On the third Saturday of each month staff and volunteers dressed in period clothing bring to life the people and events of Old Washington providing a unique opportunity to discover various aspects of life surrounding the birth of the Republic of Texas.  The program features activities suited for the entire family. Try your hand at writing with a quill pen and sign a copy of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Visit with militia soldiers travelling through town or play some early Texas games.  The Texas Archeology Month program will also feature a hands-on artifact table and 1830s Dress-up and hands-on laundry.  Step back in time and discover the spot where Texas became Texas!  Sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife and Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park.  Free.  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.at Independence Hall, 23400 Park Road 12.  Information: John Failor, 936-878-2214, jon.failor@tpwd.texas.gov, http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/washington-on-the-brazos  

 

Oct. 22-23 • Trades Days at the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park
Come to Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park to see how goods were made and marketed in the 1850s. From blacksmithing to pottery, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.  The farmer was only one member of a larger work market. Who did the farmer rely on, and how did he send his goods to market? Come see other trades in action: leather working, laundering, woodworking, spinning, blacksmithing, pottery, and other trades will be displayed.  10 a.m. - 4 p.m. both days at the Barrington Living History Farm, 23100 Barrington Lane .  Information: Mike Edwards, 936- 878-2214, ext. 246, mike.edwards@tpwd.texas.gov

 

WEST COLUMBIA, Brazoria Co.
Oct. 15 • Harvest Festival at the Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site 
Join us as Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site celebrates its annual Harvest Festival.  Hop aboard a fun-filled hayride and spend the evening strolling through the barn to see the tools and wagons used during harvests of the 1800s. Stop by the garden to see sugar cane grow, learn how it’s harvested, and even taste a sample. Visitors may also take pictures with one of the site’s scarecrows while enjoying crafts, refreshments, and storytelling. The Harvest Festival will also feature a sugar milling demonstration in the barn with a detailed description of the sugar making process used on the plantation during the 1800s. Come and experience the fun and excitement of the harvest season at Varner-Hogg!  Sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission.  $3 for adults and children 18 and younger are Free.  5 – 8 p.m. at 1702 N. 13th Street.  Information: 979-345-4656, varner-hogg@thc.texas.gov

 

About TAM

The THC partners to organize TAM events with a number of dedicated individuals and organizations each year, the primary organizers being the THC’s Texas Archeological Stewardship Network (TASN), Texas Archeological Society, and County Historical Commissions (CHC). These organizations have been joined by various other TAM event coordinators that represent local, regional, and statewide organizations.

Traditionally, TAM organizers include regional archeological and historical societies, museums, libraries, schools, and other educational institutions, along with parks, preserves, and historic sites. In addition, we also have TAM events that are hosted by professional associations, natural and cultural resource management firms, military organizations, conservancy groups, and even chambers of commerce.

TAM would not be possible without our supporters and the help of our stewards who organize, promote, and facilitate much of this annual statewide event.