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HAS MONTHLY MEETING February 15th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

"The Archeology of Arrows along the Texas Coast: Observations from the La Salle Affair in the 1680s ” – Brad Jones

Brad Jonesk

Anyone interested in the prehistory of the Gulf Coast region will want to attend the Thursday, February 15th meeting of the Houston Archeological Society when Brad Jones, Collections Manager for the Texas Historical Commission, will discuss the Archeology of Arrows along the Texas Coast and the ill-fated La Salle expedition in the 1680s. The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the basement of Doherty Library Room 009 on the campus of the University of St. Thomas. The meeting is free of charge and open to the public.

La Salle’s failed expedition to establish a French colony on the Mississippi in 1684 left behind a rich archival record from both French and Spanish eyewitnesses. Among these are several observations on the social context of arrow use among the indigenous groups that were encountered between 1685 and 1690. Reading between the lines, these documents have interesting implications for interpreting arrows found in regional archeological contexts as well as across Texas. Drawing on results from the THC’s excavations of La Salle’s wrecked ship La Belle and the site of his settlement of Fort St. Louis and 1720-26 Spanish Presidio La Bahia, the talk examines how these early records enrich our understanding of the archaeology of arrows and the persistence of this technology among indigenous communities in the changing social contexts of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Bradford M. Jones has been an archeologist for eight years for the Texas Historical Commission’s Archeology Division (AD). Currently the Curatorial Facility Certification Program Manager and AD’s Collection Manager, Mr. Jones has over 20 years of experience in the archaeology and history of Texas, Ecuador and Peru. In addition to serving as the La Belle Collection Manager, Mr. Jones is an editor and author of the La Belle technical volume and currently working on the analysis and publication of the THC’s excavation of the site of La Salle’s Fort St. Louis and the 1720s location of the Spanish Presidio La Bahia.

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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