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Excavations at the Kleb Woods Site, Tomball

The Houston Archeological Society (HAS) in conjunction with Raba Kistner Environmental, Inc. (RKEI) proposes to establish a public archaeology and outreach program with Kleb Woods Nature Center (Kleb Woods), located near Tomball, Harris County, Texas (Figure 1). The nature center, opened in 1994, is one of two parks with historic resources within Harris County Precinct 3. The goals of this collaborative effort are to: educate the community on the history of Kleb Woods; foster community interest in archaeology, history and the sciences; and to provide archaeological data on the property to compliment archival and historical documentation.

In order to meet these goals, HAS, RKEI, and Kleb Woods will work to create educational and community/public outreach programs designed for children and adults. These programs will focus on the history of Kleb Woods and northwestern Harris County and best archaeological practices. It is important that some of these programs are designed to integrate into established programs, as well as serve as viable programs for years to come. Archaeological practice and ethics will be taught through educational presentation and through field and laboratory methodologies. Archaeological data will be collected using non-invasive and excavation methodologies. Non-invasive techniques that may be employed to survey the area include: ground penetrating radar (GPR); drones; metal detectors and/or surface (pedestrian) survey. Shovel testing and unit excavations will be used to teach archaeological methodology and ethics, as well as engaging with the tools archaeologists use to measure, collect, and record data. The desired outcomes are an increase in community involvement at Kleb Woods, increased awareness of archaeology and preservation, and a greater understanding of the history of the Kleb family and the lives of German immigrants living in southeast Texas.

Check out our Kleb Woods, Tomball Bulletins

Bulletin #1

Bulletin #2

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