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HAS MONTHLY MEETING July 19th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

"Texas Archeological Field School at Mission San Lorenzo de la Cruz”

Gus Costa

A group of Houston Archeological Society members will present the monthly program for the Houston Archeological Society on Thursday, July 19th at 7:00 p.m. PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW MEETING LOCATION – The Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road, Houston, TX 77055. The program will highlight archeological excavations undertaken during the 2018 TAS Field School held June 9 - 16 at Camp Wood near Uvalde.

This year’s field school was again held at Mission San Lorenzo de la Santa Cruz, a Mission established for the Lipan Apache. Mission San Lorenzo was established in 1762 and abandoned by 1771.The purpose of the Field School, led by Principal Investigator Dr. Tamra Walter from Texas Tech, was to expand upon archaeological excavations on the mission done by Curtis Tunnell in the 1960s and to lay the ground work for the community of Camp Wood to reconstruct the mission as a future exhibit and museum in the town. Other activities at field school involved survey of private property near Camp Wood, a metal detecting workshop, and a lab to process collected artifacts. Ever popular afternoon events included archeo-olympics, the “Wally” party, and Spam-o-Rama, won this year by HAS member Dr. Elizabeth Coon-Nguyen with her Vietnamese (Spam) spring rolls.

Over 300 avocational and professional archeologists from across the State of Texas and beyond including over 25 HAS members attended field school this year. Approximately 50 youth from ages 7-14 who worked with professional archeologist Doug Boyd in excavation of the West Wall of the Mission had the “find of the week”– a bronze and glass official seal. Other artifacts recovered included Spanish colonial era ceramics, glass, and metal. Several rock and adobe walls were also uncovered.

We will no longer be meeting at the University of St. Thomas due to administrative changes. Our new meeting location is in the Spring Branch area, near the corner of Westview and Wirt Road (1414 Wirt). 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. For more information about this program or about the HAS, please contact


HAS Journal No. 138 is now available. This is a Special Issue dedicated to Etruscan and Roman Archeology. 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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