Southern Texas Archaeological Association to hold meeting at Museum of the Coastal Bend

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The Southern Texas Archaeological Association will conduct a summer meeting on Saturday, July 14, at the Museum of the Coastal Bend on campus at Victoria College.  Admission is free and anyone interested in archeology is welcome to attend.

The meeting will include expert speakers, including Robert Ricklis of TRC Solutions and Frank Condron, chairman of the Jackson County Historical Commission. Topics to be covered include local history, archaeology and anthropology relating to specific sites in Victoria.

Ricklis will discuss the question of long-distance contact/relations between archaic cultures of the Texas coastal plain and the eastern United States.  His presentation will incorporate findings from the Buckeye Knoll site, as well as later materials reported from the Allen's Creek area, plus the Jonas Short mound in east Texas.

Ricklis earned his master’s degree and a doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin. His thesis and dissertation topics centered upon the archaeology and ethnohistory of the Karankawa Indian groups of the Texas Coastal Bend. He has worked as an archaeologist for the University of Texas at Austin, as well as for private contracting firms. He is currently a senior archaeologist and project manager for TRC Environmental Corporation in Austin.

Author of various articles in peer-reviewed journals, chapters in edited volumes and numerous archaeological contract reports, Ricklis has also written a book titled “The Karankawa Indians of Texas: An Ecological Study of Cultural Tradition and Change.” His interests include the application of cultural-ecological principles in archaeology, prehistoric human adaptations to coastal environments, and most recently, the relationships between the ancient cultures of Texas and the eastern United States.

Also featured is Frank Condron, focusing on the native peoples who lived in the Guadalupe River Valley. His presentation will cover three of the major archaeological excavations in that area, with emphasis on the McNeill Ranch. Details of the excavation and the organization that conducted the work there will be covered, along with their synergistic relationship to the MCB.

Condron earned Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas-Arlington, and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Wayne State in Detroit. His archaeological work includes field and lab work for the excavations at  the Fort St. Louis project, and nine years with the Coastal Bend Archeological Logistics Team excavating at the McNeill Ranch. He also does lab work at the  MCB.

Condron is a member of Texas Archeological Society, the Southern Texas Archaeological Association, and is an archeological steward with the Texas Historical Commission. He is also an active member of the Advisory Board to the Museum of the Coastal Bend and is currently serving as the board’s vice-chairman.

The Museum of the Coastal Bend is located on the campus of Victoria College at the corner of Ben Jordan and Red River. VC’s address is 2200 East Red River in Victoria. MCB admission fees are waived for meeting attendees. Participants can contact the museum’s front desk at (361) 582-2511 for additional directions. Parking on campus is free and is available immediately adjacent to the museum off of Red River and Ben Jordan streets.

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Schedule of Activities

All activities will be held at MCB

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Registration, social hour and atlatl-throwing demonstration by the Bent Sticks Atlatl Club

12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. - STAA Business Meeting

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. - Lecture by Dr. Robert Ricklis, “Looking Across the State Line:  The Question of Interrelations between the Texas Coastal Plain Archaic and Cultures of the Eastern U. S.”

2 p.m. – 3 p.m. - Lecture by Frank Condron, “Archaic Indian Sites in the Coastal Bend”

3 p.m. -  Adjourn


published on July 3, 2012 by Katy Long

Published: Tuesday, 03 July 2012

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