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HAS MONTHLY MEETING September 21st, 2017

"Emergency Salvage Archeology Project at 1847 Kellum Noble House" - Linda Gorski

Kellum Noble Screening

The next meeting of the Houston Archeological Society will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in Room 009 of Doherty Library at the University of St. Thomas. Please note this change of venue. Please see important information on this meeting location change in the President’s Message on Page 2 of the newsletter.

The September 21 meeting is also the Annual General Meeting of the society when members will vote on the new slate of Officers and Board of Directors. We will also present our special annual awards to three deserving members and will distribute the newly published HAS Report #28 on our project at the Kellum Noble House to HAS members. HAS President Linda Gorski will present a program on the important Emergency Salvage Archeology project undertaken by the Houston Archeological Society at the historic 1847 Kellum-Noble House in Sam Houston Park, Houston, Texas, from December 2014 to March 2015 that resulted in this publication.

“In the process of conducting urgent structural and foundation repairs at the Kellum Noble House, the oldest brick structure in Houston still on its original foundation, numerous period artifacts were recovered by the contractors from the dirt that was being dug from foundations of the house,” said Gorski. “HAS was called in to assess the importance of the recovered artifacts and, at the request of the Texas Historical Commission, members of HAS spent three months screening dirt and rescuing 10,283 artifacts that otherwise would have been destined for the landfill. These artifacts have added immeasurably to the historical knowledge of the Kellum-Noble House and the early days of the City of Houston, and they will serve as important additions to future exhibits and displays at The Heritage Society."

“We hope that all HAS members who were part of this extremely important project will attend this meeting, see themselves on the big screen, and pick up their complimentary copy of the Kellum Noble report that is literally just off the press,” said Gorski.

“Since Doherty 009 is a much smaller room than our normal meeting space in MD Anderson Hall, we ask that only HAS members attend this meeting. Members will be required to show one ID (driver’s license is fine) to gain access to the Doherty Library. Doherty 009 is a theater style auditorium in the basement of the building and can be accessed by stairs or an elevator,” said Gorski. “We urge all HAS members to get there early so we can start the meeting promptly at 7:00”.

For a campus map of St. Thomas University, go to and look for the For a campus map of St. Thomas University, go to and look for the Interactive Map, Building 22, Doherty Library. Street parking is available as well as paid parking ($5) in Moran Center Garage at the corner of West Alabama and Graustark.  For more information about this program or about the HAS, please contact


HAS Reports 1 thru 25 have now been scanned and are now available for free download. Please go to the HAS Reports Section to view them.


HAS Journal No. 137 is now available. This issue of the HAS Journal contains thirteen articles about various aspects of Texas archeology covering 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 REPORTS #28 (The Kellum-Noble House) and #29 (The Andy Kyle Archeological Collection) NOW AVAILABLE

The Houston Archeological Society has made available the HAS Reports #28(The Kellum-Noble House) and 29 (The Andy Kyle Archeological Collection)- These publications are available free to members of the Society. Members should make sure that they collect their copies of these reports 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.


The Houston Archeological Society will undertake several field projects later year. We are in need of shovels, trowels, screens, saw horses or metal legs to support the screens and any other field equipment members can donate or make for us. This equipment will be stored in a safe, central location. If you have any equipment you’d like to donate to the HAS, please email Linda Gorski at

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