Museum of the Coastal Bend to host archaeology fair

Museum of the Coastal Bend

The Museum of the Coastal Bend is hosting an Archaeology Fair on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 22 - 24 at its location on campus at Victoria College. The fair will give local residents the opportunity to explore the history and heritage of the Coastal Bend region, and Victoria County in particular. Attendees will also enjoy lectures about prehistoric and historic cultures, artifact identification, exhibit and site tours, presentations and social activities.

Experts will be on hand to identify Indian points and answer questions about how archeologists identified Buckeye Knoll as one of the three earliest cemeteries in the U.S., dating back to 7,000 years ago. There will also be experts who can answer questions about landowner rights regarding relics of the past found on private property.

The archeology fair is offered at MCB in conjunction with Nueva España, an exhibition of Spanish Colonial artifacts dating from the period of 1721 - 1820. Included in the exhibit is a never-before-seen private collection of artifacts on loan from James Woodrick, a collector and past Victoria resident. Additionally, the fair is offered in conjunction with the museum’s permanent exhibit, Early Peoples of the Texas Coastal Bend, featuring archeological artifacts from prehistoric cultures of the region.

To register for any or all of the activities, call 361.582.2511 or visit the museum’s website at Most activities are offered free of charge but advance registration is encouraged.



If You Go...


Thursday, Mar. 22

5:30 p.m. Lecture: The Buckeye Knoll Archeological Site near Victoria, TX: Insights into the Ancient Cultures of Eastern North America by Dr. Robert Ricklis. This lecture will be held at VC’s Johnson Symposium and will be followed by a wine/cheese reception for lecture attendees at MCB. Advance registration required to ensure seat; fee $5/non-member; free for museum members.

Friday, Mar. 23 - FREE ADMISSION to ALL activities on March 23

9:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Artifact identification and tours of archeological exhibits at the Museum of the Coastal Bend.

11:30 a.m.  - Book signing and lecture: Stone Artifacts of Texas Indians by Sue Turner, Tom Hester and Richard McReynolds. This event will be held at the Museum of the Coastal Bend; brown bag lunches are welcome during this presentation.

1 p.m. - THC Award Presentation & Reception: “Historic Texas Lands Plaque” to Louise O’Connor

Lecture: Landowner Rights by Jeff Durst, Regional Archeologist for the Texas Historical Commission; Presentation and lecture will be held at MCB.

3:30 p.m. - Hiking tour of 41VT10, the Riverside Park site of Mission Espiritu Santo - Guided tour, apx. 2 miles long, from Tonkawa Bank to river crossings remnants in Grover’s Bend. Afterwards, gather for libations and fellowship at the PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant and Bar. This event is free and open to the public; dutch treat at the PumpHouse.

Saturday, Mar. 24

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. -  Walking tour of 41VT11, the Mission Valley site of Mission Espiritu Santo, and catered BBQ lunch at Spirit Inn; ages 14 and up only. Guided tour of Spanish Colonial exhibit at MCB at 1:30 p.m. $20/person, advance registration required; includes tours, lunch and museum admission.

1:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Family activities and tours at MCB. Regular museum admission fees apply; free for museum members.


posted on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 by Katy Long

Published: Thursday, 23 February 2012

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