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"2017 Texas Archeological Society Field School at Camp Wood" - Sharon Menegaz and Friends.

Kim Faulk

A group of Houston Archeological Society members led by Sharon Menegaz will present the monthly program for the Houston Archeological Society on Thursday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m. at MD Anderson Hall, University of St. Thomas. The program will highlight archeological excavations undertaken during the 2017 TAS Field School held June 10 – 17 at Camp Wood near Uvalde.

This year’s field school was 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. Evening speakers included Dr. Thomas Hester, Brad Jones and Casey Hanson of the Texas Historical Commission.

“Over 300 avocational and professional archeologists from across the State of Texas and beyond attended field school this year, including approximately 50 youth from ages 7-14 who worked with professional archeologist Doug Boyd in excavation of the West Wall of the Mission”, said Menegaz. “We were also pleased to have some local students excavate with us, and look forward to having more Camp Wood citizens work with us in the future.”

HAS members attending field school this year included Sharon Menegaz, Frank Kozar, Dr. Elizabeth Coon-Nguyen, Julian and Katherine Coon-Nguyen, Robert Killian, Rita and Ed Jackson, Sandy Rogers, Debbie Eller, Ron and Brenda Jackson, Nathan Palmer, Tom Williams and Don Keyes.

For a campus map of St. Thomas University, go to and look for the Interactive Map, Building 20, Anderson Hall.  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.


The Houston Archeological Society has made available the HAS Report #27 - Reminiscenses of Moses Austin Bryan. This publication is available free to members of the Society. Members should make sure that they collect their copy of the 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.


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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