Museum offers inside look into archeology
South Texas Archaeology
South Texas Archaeology

Have you ever been curious about what archaeologists do? Have you ever wondered what life was like for people living in Texas thousands of years ago?

The community is invited to attend a lecture titled “South Texas Archaeology” at the Museum of the Coastal Bend at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15. Presented by the museum’s volunteer archaeological team, the lecture will give residents an opportunity to learn about the past that’s “right under our feet.”

Members of the museum’s Coastal Bend Archaeological Logistics Team (CoBALT) work at sites around Victoria County, excavating artifacts and recording data to better understand our region’s history. Members will discuss the process of an archaeological dig, what kind of artifacts are found in the region and what happens after those artifacts have been recovered.

“October is Texas Archaeology Month, and we’re proud to showcase both our region’s history and the work that our own team does in this presentation,” says Isabel Van Dyke, curator of education at the museum. “Archaeology is a fascinating mix of different sciences, combined with interpretation and true storytelling.”

In addition to special presentations, the museum also hosts a public archaeology lab, open Tuesday & Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. Visitors can see first-hand how the archaeology team works with artifacts and ask questions.

The Museum of the Coastal Bend is located on the corner of Red River and Ben Jordan streets on Victoria College’s Main Campus. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and admission is pay-what-you-want.

To learn more about museum programs, contact Van Dyke at (361) 582-2559 or email For more information, including a calendar of events, visit

Published: Thursday, 08 October 2015

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