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HAS MONTHLY MEETING February 21st, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

"Understanding the Earliest Occupation of Texas at the Gault Site - 16,000+ years Ago!” - Dr. Tom Williams

Dr. Tom Williams

The February meeting of the Houston Archeological Society will be held on Thursday, February 21, 7:00 p.m. at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center located at 1414 Wirt Road in the Spring Branch area. Dr. Tom Williams, Assistant Executive Director of the Gault School of Archeological Research, will give a presentation on his recent research into the earliest stone tools discovered in Texas – and they are over 16,000 years old! The meeting is free of charge and open to the public. Although the meeting will begin at 7:00, the social hour will kick off at 6:30 with snacks, our monthly show and tell presentation, and conversation. Please join us! The meeting is free of charge and open to the public.

Excavations at the Gault Site in Central Texas, located approximately 40 miles north of Austin, (, have recovered a significant assemblage of stone tools, referred to as the Gault Assemblage. The Gault site bears evidence of almost continuous human occupation, starting at least 16,000 years ago—making it one of the few archaeological sites in the Americas at which compelling evidence has been found for human occupation dating to before the appearance of the Clovis culture. These earliest cultural materials were recovered from excavation Area 15 and include an early projectile point technology unique in the Upper Palaeolithic of North America. Dating using Optically-Stimulated Luminescence confirm the presence of humans in Texas before ~16,000 years ago. This talk will explore the age and use of this early technology and where it fits into the broader context of the early peopling of the New World.

Dr. Thomas Williams is the Assistant Executive Director of the Gault School of Archaeological Research and a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Prehistory Research Project in the Anthropology Department, Texas State University. He has worked on the Gault Site collections for the past 6 years and has published on the early cultural materials. His research focus is the earliest human occupations of the Americas and specifically the stone tool technology, manufacturing processes and broader patterns in global human expansion. He earned his PhD in Archaeology from the University of Exeter, UK. For more information about Dr. Williams’ important research see

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 #30 (Dalmanutha, Rosslands and Sunny Slopes Farms: Three New Fauresmith Industry Sites in the Eastern Cape Province, Republic of South Africa) NOW AVAILABLE

Report #30 – Dalmanutha, Rosslands and Sunny Slopes Farms: Three New Fauresmith Industry Sites in the Eastern Cape Province, Republic of South Africa. This is a special paper on the three Fauresmith Industry sites that Dub Crook has been working on in South Africa. 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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