Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Texas A&M-Kingsville archaeology students present results of 8-week field experience

KINGSVILLE - July 24, 2007

Contact: Jill Scoggins
jill.scoggins@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2146

Summer Archaeology Field School Presentation, July 26

KINGSVILLE (July 24, 2007) – Students participating in the 2007 Summer Archaeology Field School will present their findings from the eight-week dig Thursday, July 26, at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, located on Highway 666/Main Street between East Market and Magnolia streets in San Patricio. Admission is free.

The Summer Archaeology Field School offers a real-world experience in archaeology for undergraduate students. This eight-week course is taught entirely in the field and introduces students to field and laboratory methods and techniques. The course provides students with hands-on training in archaeological, historical and environmental research.

Field School headquarters is located on a private ranch in San Patricio. Work involves surveying to locate prehistoric sites, excavation of features within sites, and analysis of artifact collections in the field laboratory. At the end of the course, students prepare a written field report and a public presentation of research results.

The Lower Nueces River Valley is the area of research. Hunting, gathering, and fishing populations ancestral to the 18th century Aranama and Karankawa tribes occupied this area from the Late Archaic to Late Prehistoric times (1150 BC to AD 1750).

Over the past eight years, Field School students have identified a network of base camps, temporary hunting camps and quarries associated with this long prehistoric hunting, gathering and fishing tradition.

The 2007 season continued the systematic survey to locate and map settlements. Excavations concentrated on one Late Prehistoric site, a principal base-camp occupied from AD 1470-1770. This is one of the largest settlements in the valley, representing a domestic center for tool manufacturing, food preparation, hunting and fishing.

For additional information about the Field School presentation, contact Dr. Cecilia Rhoades, assistant professor of anthropology, sociology and Southwest Borderlands Studies, at 361-593-2687.


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