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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Archeology Month Program and Star Party at Fort McKavett

By Cody Mobley, Fort McKavett staff
October 9, 2010 was a busy day for site staff at Fort McKavett State Historic Site. I presented an archeology program at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. about the archeological surveys done on site during the years of 1969-1982. On display were examples of original artifacts which were uncovered during these excavations, as well as donated artifacts with provenance to the site.
Throughout the day, visitors observed experimental archeology in action as flint knappers created reproduction stone tools, arrowheads, and spear points using original methods and techniques. I spoke to the visitors about period woodworking techniques and demonstrated how these methods would have been used by the soldiers stationed at Fort McKavett during the mid-19th century in the construction and upkeep of the buildings onsite. A mock archeology dig kept the junior archeologists, assisted by site staff, busy for most of the day.
Later in the day, the Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society held their biennial Star Party. These events occur in the spring and fall on the weekend closest to the emergence of a new moon. After the sun went down, visitors began lining up for their turn to peer through the high powered telescopes and witness the enormity of the galaxy firsthand.
**Fort McKavett is located west of Menard on FM 864 in the Texas Forts Trail Region.

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