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Friday, October 15, 2010

Texas Archeology Month at the Sites

By Brett Cruse, Military and Archeological Sites Supervisor for the Historic Sites

Throughout the month at the Aransas County Public Library in Rockport, visitors can view a special exhibit on the archeology of the Fulton Mansion State Historic Site. The exhibit features objects recovered from the 1978 and 2007 archeological excavations, photographs, and details about the exciting process of discovering the 19th-century lives of the Fulton family.

Throughout the month of October, as part of its Texas Archeology Month celebration, Fort Lancaster State Historic Site near Sheffield in Pecos County will offer a variety of hands-on activities for children. Children can try a mock archeology dig, make replica arrowheads, try to piece together pottery, or make a Native American art rubbing.
A suspender clip from Fort Lancaster

Archeology Family Days will be at the Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site near Mexia in Limestone County on October 16. With its towering burr oaks and crystal springs, people have gathered at the bend of the Navasota River at the juncture of Jack’s Creek for more than 5,000 years. This year, site staff will celebrate Texas Archeology Month with a program that includes demonstrations of native crafts and technologies, lectures on archeological topics, and hands-on activities, such as mock digs, rock art replication, and spear throwing using an atlatl.
Reenactors at Confederate Reunion Grounds

Also on October 16 at Sealy in Austin County, will be an event entitled “New Insights into Old Texas: Recent Findings from San Felipe de Austin, Washington-on-the-Brazos, and the Bernardo Plantation. This event includes two tours of the Bernardo Plantation and a lecture program. Sponsored by Friends of the San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site and THC.

On November 5–6 in San Felipe, Austin County, is the Father of Texas Birthday Celebration. This two-day event celebrating Stephen F. Austin’s birthday features a grand ceremony (Saturday, 2 p.m.), reenactments and living history programs, lectures, hands-on activities that include archeology-themed stations, and walking tours of the ceremonial site. Friday (9 a.m.–2 p.m.) is Austin County school day; Saturday (9 a.m.–4 p.m.) is public day.

Visit one of these historic sites in October and help celebrate and experience Texas Archeology Month!

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