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HAS MONTHLY MEETING January 18th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

"Excavations in South Africa” – Wilson W. “Dub” Crook

Dub Crook

The first meeting of the Houston Archeological Society in 2018 will be on Thursday, January 18, 7:00 p.m. in the basement of Doherty Library on the campus of St. Thomas University. Long-time HAS member, Wilson W. "Dub" Crook, will discuss his recent work at three Middle Stone Age sites in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.

The period between the end of the Early Stone Age and the beginning of the Middle Stone Age in Africa is one of major technological development spurred by environmental changes. The simple pear-shaped hand axe, the staple tool of the Acheulean industry for over a million years, suddenly disappears and is replaced by a complex lithic industry characterized by purposefully prepared cores, prismatic blades and the first known projectile points. In South Africa, this new lithic regime is known as the Fauresmith Industry and has been dated between ca. 450-600 thousand years ago.

Sites belonging to the Fauresmith Industry have been recognized across the northwestern part of South Africa but have hitherto not been reported as far south as the Eastern Cape Province. In 2013, HAS member Dub Crook discovered two new Fauresmith sites near the town of Burgersdorp in the Eastern Cape Province. In the fall of 2017, Dub returned to the area for test excavations at both sites and in the process, discovered a third site which appears to have been a lithic quarry. Dub will discuss his recent work at the Dalmanutha, Rosslands and Sunny Slopes Farms sites including their lithic assemblages which contain some of the earliest known projectile points in the world. He will also discuss how the change in technology from the Early to Middle Stone Age is probably linked to the evolutionary development of the hominids present at the sites from the earlier Homo erectus to the more advanced Homo rhodesiensis.

Mr. Crook is a Life Member (Fellow) of the Houston Archeological Society, a Life Member of the Dallas Archeological Society, a member of the Texas Archeological Society, a member of the Center for the Study of the First Americans, a Life Member of the Gault School of Archeological Research, a Research Fellow with the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory, and a Fellow of the Leakey Foundation. He is also an Archeological Steward for the State of Texas. He is the author of 114 papers in the field of archeology and has recently published a book on The Peoples of the Bible.

We will be meeting in Doherty Library while MD Anderson Hall, our regular venue, is under renovation. Attendees will be required to check in at the front desk of the library and 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. We urge everyone to get there early to go through the check in process so we can start the meeting promptly at 7:00.

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HAS Journals 134 thru 136 have now been scanned and are now available for free download. Please go to the HAS Journal Archive 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.

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