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HAS MONTHLY MEETING May 16th, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

"Native American Trade Trails through Southeast Texas” - Dr. Jason Barrett

Jeff Girard

The May meeting of the Houston Archeological Society will feature a presentation by TxDOT archeologist and HAS member, Dr. Jason W. Barrett, who will discuss Native American trade trails throughout Southeast Texas. The meeting will be held on Thursday, May 16, 7:00 p.m. at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center located at 1414 Wirt Road in the Spring Branch area. A social hour will begin at 6:30pm with our monthly “show and tell”, snacks and conversation. The meeting is free of charge and open to the public. Please join us!

“Trade goods,” or material culture from other regions, have been recorded in many archeological deposits across southeast Texas. New data suggests that these trade goods, or so-called exotic artifacts, are probably present in local southeast Texas archeological sites far more regularly than they are identified. For instance, stone tools from the archeological sites at Dimond Knoll on Cypress Creek in Harris County and Smithers Lake in Fort Bend County provide clear evidence of long-distance contact. Among the 1,330 projectile points recorded within the combined assemblages from Dimond Knoll and Smithers Lake are many artifact types commonly associated with the Ohio and Mississippi River Valleys! Remarkably, both the Dimond Knoll and Smithers Lake sites show evidence of having been repeatedly revisited over a period of more than 11,000 years!

For decades, archeologists have questioned the derivation and the greater meaning of exotic artifacts, such as copper pins and bannerstones that have also been recovered at local sites, but crafted from material that is not found in the local area. Could the distribution of native overland trade corridors in prehistory shed new light on this phenomenon? In this presentation, Barrett will propose a reconstructed network of indigenous footpaths and trade trails, relying on data collected from journals, diaries, and other records of the 17th and 18th century Spanish entradas, as well as from 19th century maps. This new research indicates that native long-distance trade trails had extraordinary time depth, were integrated with riverine trade networks, and were spread across vast geographic areas.

Jason Barrett received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 2004, joining the TxDOT Environmental Affairs Division's Archeological Studies Branch the following year. Dr. Barrett has authored numerous journal articles, book chapters, and technical research reports, and has taught courses in archeology and cultural anthropology at Texas A&M University, Baylor University, Rice University, and Blinn College. Jason has completed complex regulatory and research-based archeological projects in Texas, Belize, Guatemala, Mexico, American Samoa, and New England, including directing the Texas Archeological Society’s Annual Field School for three consecutive seasons in Columbus (2014 through 2016). He currently serves as President of the Texas Archeological Society and as a professional advisor to the Houston Archeological Society. Jason continues to provide the HAS with frequent field work and laboratory opportunities, and his collaboration with the HAS on the Dimond Knoll and Frost Town projects both resulted in winning the Council of Texas Archeologists’ E. Mott Davis Award.

Parking at the Trini Mendenhall Center is free of charge. Overflow parking is in the grocery store parking lot across Wirt Road from the Community Center or along the residential street adjoining the Community Center. For more information about this program or about the HAS, please contact Linda Gorski, at


HAS Journal No. 139 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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