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MONTHLY HAS MEETING August 18th, 2022.

What’s New at San Felipe de Austin? The MARS Clearance Project and the Future of Archeology at SFdA

Dr. Sarah Chesney, site archeologist at San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site, will be the speaker for the upcoming meeting of the Houston Archeological Society on Thursday, August 18, 2022. This presentation will provide a summary of the ongoing archeological clearance work at San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site to date, with updates on finds, plans, and a schedule for the rest of the project. The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom and YouTube Livestream and will begin at 6:30 p.m. with time for socializing before the business meeting kicks off at 7:00. The YouTube Livestream feed will begin at 7:15 at this link:

The Maintenance, Archeology, Retail, Storage (MARS) Clearance project is the first phase in the construction of a multi-use area at San Felipe de Austin that will include new facilities for maintenance needs, on-site archeology, retail operations, and additional storage, along with an expanded parking lot and two RV slots. Although the construction is planned at an area that was historically less developed than the main part of the colonial capital of San Felipe, it must still be cleared to state and federal standards before construction can begin. Clearance work began on July 7, 2022 and will continue through at least the end of August. Come out and dig some shovel tests with us!

Members of the Houston Archeological Society have participated in excavations at SFdASHS for several years. This shovel testing project is a continuation of work at the site. This time, all HAS members are invited to participate in this project with Dr. Chesney. It is a great opportunity to learn while digging at one of the most historic sites in the State of Texas. This meeting will be held via Zoom and YouTube Livestream only. We will not be meeting in person for the rest of the summer. HAS members will receive the Zoom link via email later this month. For more information about this program or about HAS, please contact


HAS Journal No. 144 is now available. The Journal Number 144 The articles will focus on the San Felipe de Austin Dig by John Lohse, Horseshoes in Texas, a Thimble from the 18th or 19th century from France found in Frosttown, and another article about Camp Kirby in Dickenson, TX, a civil war camp by Charly Gordy, ceramics from Cottonfield by Tim Perttula, and information from Mike Woods about a Butted Knife Found in Comal County. 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.

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