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MONTHLY HAS MEETING August 19th, 2021.

"Archeology at Varner-Hogg Plantation: Past, Present and Future"

Dr. Catherine Jalbert

Catherine Jalbert

The August meeting of the Houston Archeological Society will be held on Thursday, August 19th at 6:30 p.m. both in person and virtually via ZOOM and Youtube livestream.  Professional Archeologist Dr. Catherine Jalbert will present this month’s program entitled “Archeology at Varner-Hogg Plantation: Past, Present and Future”. Please join us at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road for the in-person meeting. The program will start at 7:00 but we will open the meeting at 6:30 to offer members 30 minutes to socialize. We cannot wait to see everyone!!!!   HAS members will receive a Zoom link to the meeting shortly in case you want to continue watching from home.  The Youtube Livestream presentation will begin at approximately 7:15 and the link to the program is

The Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site (41BO133) is a historical and archeological site managed by the Texas Historical Commission (THC). Located in West Columbia, Texas, this property has been home to diverse groups of people who bore witness to its many transitions through time. Originally frequented by Indigenous peoples, this land served as the homesite for one of Austin’s original settlers before becoming a large sugar plantation dependent on enslaved, and later, convict labor. Following the hurricane of 1900, Governor James S. Hogg purchased the property as a vacation home for his family. They soon discovered significant oil deposits that would greatly contribute to the Hogg family wealth. This presentation will focus on the history and development of the land on which Varner-Hogg Plantation now stands. Particular attention will be paid to how archeological evidence has been used to further illuminate this history, gaps in our knowledge, and the ways the THC is developing new avenues for research and collaboration.

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Catherine Jalbert, Ph.D., is an archeologist with the Historic Sites Division of the Texas Historical Commission (THC). In her role, she is responsible for managing the cultural resources at the Varner-Hogg Plantation and Levi Jordan Plantation State Historic Sites (SHS). Catherine has worked on a variety of historic and precontact projects in Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio, West Virginia, and Northeastern North America, including multiple states in the New England region and Atlantic Canada. In 2018, she acted as Principal Investigator for investigations at the Levi Jordan Plantation SHS carried out by Coastal Environments Inc., under contract with the THC.

Catherine earned her B.A. in Anthropology from Franklin Pierce College, located in New Hampshire, in 2006. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Her recently awarded Ph.D. (2019) broadly sought to understand how archeology can become a more diverse and equitable discipline. Her forthcoming publication co-authored with Dr. Laura Heath-Stout (UMASS Boston) in the Bulletin of the Texas Archeological Society examines this very subject through an analysis of demographics and authorship in BTAS publications from 1929-2019.

Masks are optional at the Trini Mendenhall Center and there are no social distancing requirements. You will be asked to sign an HAS Covid protocol when you enter the room for the meeting.  If you have any questions about this program, please contact HAS President, Linda Gorski, at


HAS Journal No. 143 is now available. The Journal Number 143, is an issue dedicated exclusively to archeology in the Western United States. This issue highlights the widespread interests of members of the Houston Archeological Society which cover not just the Gulf Coast and Texas, but many areas outside the state including the Western U.S. The papers included in this issue cover sites and archeological materials in West Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, and California. These papers include research on material that ranges from potentially before Clovis, to the Paleoindian, Archaic, Late Prehistoric, and Historic periods. Complimentary copies may be obtained by HAS members at the monthly meetings. Non-HAS members may purchase copies through Go to the HAS Journals Section for a link to the publication on the website. Alternatively, copies may be purchased at the HAS Monthly Meetings.

HAS Report No. 36: The Lone Oak Site (41CD168): A 12,000 Year Old Occupation in Northern Colorado County, Texas NOW AVAILABLE

Report #36. The Lone Oak site is located in northern Colorado County approximately 0.6 km east of the Fayette County line. The site is 7.5 kilometers (4.65 miles) northwest of the community of Frelsburg, Texas, and 25 kilometers north of Columbus, the county seat of Colorado County. The site was named by the land owner after a small historic community of the same name near the property. Both the name and the site’s location have been registered with the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory in Austin and a trinomial number was assigned to the Lone Oak site (41CD168). This publication is available free to members of the Society. Members should make sure that they collect their copy of this report at the next monthly meeting. If you wish to purchase additional copies then you can find them on You can find the appropriate links in our List section.

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