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“Texas Archeological Field School at Palo Duro Canyon State Park”

A group of Houston Archeological Society members including Beth Kennedy, Bob Sewell, Sharon Menegaz, Frank Kozar and Jason Chambers will present the monthly program for the Houston Archeological Society on Thursday, July 18th at 7:00 p.m. at The Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road, Houston, TX  77055. The program will highlight archeological excavations and surveys undertaken during the 2019 TAS Field School held June 8 - 15 at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in Canyon, Texas, the second largest canyon in the entire country! 

Over 300 avocational and professional archeologists from across the State of Texas and beyond including many HAS members attended field school at Palo Duro this year which was co-sponsored by the Texas Archeological Society and Texas Parks and Wildlife. An additional 50 young archeologists participated in the youth dig run by Doug Boyd, Trudy Williams and Sharon Menegaz.

The primary goals for this year’s field school were to record new sites within the canyon and to collect additional information on sites that were recorded many decades ago. Survey teams worked in easily accessible areas of the park near the main loop, as well as in the more rugged, seldom visited reaches of the sprawling canyon. Areas of more intensive excavation took place at a historic CCC-era site and several of the park’s prehistoric sites. Dr. Kevin Hanselka served as the Principal Investigator. 

HAS members will report on their specific assignments at field school.  Beth Kennedy will give an overview of Palo Duro Canyon State Park and the 2019 field school. Bob Sewell, who was a crew chief at field school, will report on excavations in his unit and artifacts recovered. Sharon Menegaz and Dr. Liz Coon-Nguyen will give an overview of the youth group excavations and the Archeofair, much of which was sponsored through a grant from HAS. Jason Chambers will speak on the survey efforts at Field School. Finally, Frank Kozar will report on his excavations of a possible bison bone.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. with our monthly Show and Tell, snacks and visiting so please join us before the presentation which begins at 7:00. 

Parking at the Trini Mendenhall Center is free of charge.  For more information about this program or about the HAS, please contact Linda Gorski, at


HAS Journal No. 140 is now available. 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 #32 (Historic Munitions in Texas: A Reference Guide) NOW AVAILABLE

Report #32 – Historic Munitions in Texas: A Reference Guide. This Report consists of several articles on munitions that have been written by Tom Nuckols for the Houston Archeological Society newsletter over approximately the past four years. The articles reflect the analysis and interpretation of artifacts found during excavations and survey projects while Tom Nuckols was working as a member of HAS, THC and as a contractor working for a Cultural Resource Management company. 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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