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HAS MONTHLY MEETING August 10th, 2017

"Megalithic Archeology of Malta" - Wilson "Dub" Crook

Dub Crook

The next meeting of the Houston Archeological Society will be held on Thursday, August 10, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in Anderson Hall at the University of St. Thomas. Please note that due to a conflict with freshman orientation at the University, this is the second Thursday of the month, not our normal third Thursday date. Long-time HAS member, Wilson W. "Dub" Crook, will discuss the Megalithic culture of the island nation of Malta. This meeting is free of charge and open to the public.

In the fall of 2016, Dub had the opportunity to spend some time on two of the islands that make up the small island nation of Malta. What he found was a place with a little known but incredibly rich archeological history beginning in the Neolithic and stretching through medieval times. Dub was particularly intrigued by the megalithic culture which began with the arrival of early farmers from Sicily about 5,200 B.C. For a thousand years, these farmers established a culture that raised sheep, goats and cattle and began exploiting the islands’ thin soils for cereal grains. These early settlers lived in small communities of a few family units in oval-shaped stone house structures.

Abruptly, in about 4,100 B.C., the culture changed and the island’s inhabitants began to construct massive megalithic “temple” structures all over the islands of Gozo and Malta. Over 35 major temples and subterranean tombs have been found which pre-date the earliest beginnings of Stonehenge by over a thousand years. These temples, which are uniquely “apse-shaped”, are the second oldest standing man-made structures in the world, second only to Gobekli Tepe in Turkey. Granted access to the main museum’s collections, Dub also discovered that the island’s inhabitants were part of an extensive inter-island network of trade with Sicily and mainland Italy for obsidian, chert, ceramics and food. After over 1,500 years of massive building and expansion, the Maltese megalithic culture vanished almost overnight. Archeologists have no clue as to what might have been the cause for the abandonment of the islands and their temples. While Malta has a long and varied Bronze Age, Iron Age and Roman history, Dub’s presentation will focus solely on the megalithic period, from the islands’ first arrivals to the abandonment of the temples in 2,500 B.C.

Dub 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 Societies, 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, a Texas Archeological Steward, and a Fellow of the Leakey Foundation. He is the author of over 110 papers in the field of archeology and has recently published a new book on “The Peoples of the Bible”. He is currently writing a new book on the “History and Archeology of Paul’s Missionary Cities” which is due out in early 2018.

For a campus map of St. Thomas University, go to www.stthom.edu 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 lindagorski@cs.com.


HAS REPORTS 1 THRU 25 ARE ALL NOW AVAILABLE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD

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 137 NOW AVAILABLE

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 Amazon.com. Go to the HAS Journals Section for a link to the publication on the Amazon.com website. Alternatively, copies may be purchased at the HAS Monthly Meetings.


HAS REPORT #27 (REMINISCENSES OF MOSES AUSTIN BRYAN) NOW AVAILABLE

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 amazon.com. You can find the appropriate links in our List section.


EQUIPMENT WANTED

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 president@txhas.org

To learn more about the history behind our archeological society contact Publicity/Outreach: publicoutreach@txhas.org.