Southern Texas Archaeological Association
Dr. John Worth
Dr. Greg Cook
Dr. Jim Bruseth
PLEASE JOIN US! This year’s Texas Archeological Society (TAS) Annual Meeting will be held on October 26-28, 2018, in the historic city of San Antonio, Texas. Headquarters will be at the Menger Hotel, located in the heart of downtown San Antonio next to The Alamo. Please make your plans now to attend. Registration begins June 5, 2018, so register early to take advantage of reduced fees! While we know the fees are a little higher than last year (not by much!), please remember that we are in the heart of downtown San Antonio, next to the Alamo, at the historic Menger Hotel, a 500’ walk to the San Antonio Riverwalk, and in a year that celebrates San Antonio’s 300th birthday! We think you will find the rooms at the Menger to be particularly reasonable for downtown San Antonio!
The Local Arrangements Committee is working hard to ensure that the 2018 meeting is full of scholarly opportunities, but we also want you to have fun and enjoy your time here in San Antonio! Registration will be done online (preferred method) or via mail prior to the meeting, and the Local Arrangements Committee will provide and staff a centralized registration area at the conference as well. See the attached Registration form for fees and deadlines.
The meeting will begin on Friday, October 26, 2018, with the Council of Texas Archeologists (CTA) training meeting held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The training this year will be “Recording Historic Sites”. Staff from the Texas Historical Commission (THC) History Programs and Archeology Division have developed a session on recording mid-20th century, and later, historic sites. The focus will be on how to evaluate historic resources that are older than 45 years in age, with or without standing structures, and how the use of archival research and oral history are integral to the evaluation of these resources. Presenters will discuss the similarities and differences for reporting requirements and eligibility determinations under the Antiquities Code of Texas and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
The Texas Archaeological Stewardship Network meeting will be held from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Agenda topics will include the introduction of new members, a brief presentation of upcoming regional training opportunities, and other network announcements.
A Friday TAS Board meeting will be held. The Executive Committee will meet at 2:30 p.m. with the TAS Board to meet at 3:30 p.m.
Later, enjoy a delicious meal at the Menger Hotel Dining Room. Or, venture out along the San Antonio Riverwalk, Southtown, or downtown where you can find top rated restaurants.
Back at the hotel, the Friday night Public Forum from 7:00-9:00 p.m. will feature Dr. Jim Bruseth who will discuss the excavation of the La Belle, one of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle’s ships that wrecked off Matagorda Bay, Texas, in 1686. The ship was discovered in 1995, and excavated by the Texas Historical Commission in 1996-1997. More than two decades in the making, the comprehensive book “La Belle: The Archaeology of a Seventeenth-Century Ship of the New World Colonization” documents one of the most significant North American archaeological discoveries of the twentieth century. You don’t want to miss this!
The CTA Careers in Archeology Social immediately after the Public Forum will provide an opportunity for students and professional archaeologists to meet representatives from agencies and private firms that specialize in cultural resource management. This event is an annual favorite for many with delicious hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar courtesy of the CTA.
The Annual Meeting will include numerous presentations, the Book Room and Poster Exhibit, and the Silent Auction (see details in this issue)! Additionally, several tours will be available (see details in this issue), and our San Antonio Pub Crawl is gearing up to be an especially fun event! Of course, since you are in San Antonio, any number of other activities and events await, such as a stroll along the San Antonio Riverwalk, the Teddy Roosevelt Bar at the Menger, shopping, antique stores, tour of the World Heritage missions, “Battle for Texas—the Experience” at Rivercenter Mall, the Alamo, San Antonio Museum of Art, The Pearl, the San Antonio Zoo, Sea World, and numerous other venues. San Antonio has just been named as a Creative City of Gastronomy, part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, so come hungry and enjoy some of the best cuisine you can imagine offered by our world class restaurants!
Saturday’s paper sessions held from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. promise to be varied and informative. Paper Sessions may also be held on Sunday morning if there are more than can be accommodated on Saturday. Your Local Arrangements Committee has four symposia planned, (but not limited to these): “Titans of Texas Archaeology”, presentations from some of our most esteemed and renowned Texas archaeology elders; “Archaeology at the Alamo”; “Celebrating 300 Years: San Antonio’s Origins: Missions, Presidio, Villa, and Camino and How They Shaped the Landscape and Culture”. In addition, “Angel’s Wings, Cherub Faces and Holy Graces: Recording Cemeteries” training will be held that will cover how to record cemeteries, basic photographic documentation, submission procedures, and other guidelines for successful submissions. This will be led by Dr. Nesta Anderson, Pape-Dawson Engineers, Jenny McWilliams, THC, Becky Shelton, THC, and Tiffany Osburn, THC.
A Saturday General TAS members meeting will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. A Deli buffet will be served and is included in your registration.
The Saturday evening banquet will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Prior to the banquet, a cash bar will be available in the Silent Auction Room. The banquet will feature Dr. John Worth and Dr. Greg Cook, both from West Florida University. Dr. Worth and Dr. Cook will present on some of the most significant North American archaeological discoveries ever made, the Spanish Colonial Tristán de Luna terrestrial site, originally founded in 1559, and abandoned in 1561, and the Emanuel Point Shipwreck sites, shipwrecks associated with the Luna Expedition. The Luna settlement was the first multi-year European settlement in the United States. Tristán de Luna y Arellano led an expedition from Veracruz, Mexico, to modern-day Pensacola, Florida, in 1559 to begin the Spanish colonization of the northern Gulf Coast. One month after they arrived, a hurricane struck, sinking many of the ships and devastating food supplies. The story of the site, the ships, and their discovery is sure to thrill all.
Don’t forget the Pub Crawl immediately after the Saturday banquet! This was a hit with TAS members in 2007, and we hope you will join us for the first time or be a repeat adventurer! Maureen (Mo) Brown always makes this a fun event!
On Sunday morning the TAS Executive Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. The TAS Board meeting begins immediately after at 9:00 a.m.
So, mark your calendar now for San Antonio! It’s going to be a rip-roaring good time!
The Fall TAS Newsletter will have more information. Also, please check the TAS Webpage for additional information. See you in San Antonio!
Your Local Arrangements Committee and TAS Annual Meeting Committee:
Kay Hindes, TAS Annual Meeting Organizer and Local Arrangements Committee (LAC) Co-Chair; Matt Elverson, (LAC) Co-Chair and Programs; Clint McKenzie, (LAC) Co-Chair and Volunteers; Lee Gummelt, Treasurer; Shawn Marceaux, CAR-UTSA, Registrar; Kristi Nichols, CTA Social and Sponsors; Maureen Brown, Silent Auction and Pub Crawl; Susan Snow and Harry Shafer, Tours; Rhiana Ward and Antonio Padilla, Poster Sessions; Lynn Yakubik, Book Room; Laura Acuna, Public Relations; Zack Overfield, Technical Services; Steve Tomka; David Yelacic; Candy Smith; Melinda Iruegas, Silent Auction; Sergio Iruegas; Marie Archambeault, Executive Director, TAS; Jason Barrett, TAS President Elect and TAS Annual Meeting Committee; Charles Frederick, Past President, TAS Annual Meeting Committee, and Paula Vastine, President, TAS.
Welcome to the Historic Menger Hotel!
Built in 1859, this beautiful structure has become an important part of San Antonio's history. The hotel is located downtown, immediately adjacent to both The Alamo and the Rivercenter Mall.
Amenities: In addition to its significance as a historical landmark, the Menger offers unparalleled amenities including: the famous Colonial Room Restaurant, the Teddy Roosevelt Bar, downtown San Antonio's largest heated swimming pool, a full service spa, fitness room and jacuzzi, complimentary wireless internet access, cable programming, room service, 24 hour business center, ATM/banking, dry cleaning/laundry service, fitness facilities, free WiFi, gift shops, and much more.
Room Rates: Net room rates are $149.00 (not including taxes which are currently 16.75%) for Queen Bed, Deluxe King, and Deluxe 2 Beds, all non-smoking.
Deadline to Make Reservations: The room blocks for Thursday (20 rooms), Friday (150 rooms) and Saturday (150 rooms) will be held until Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, so get your reservation in early! After this date, the hotel will release any remaining in our block. Reservations received after the deadline date will be accepted on a Space Available Basis at the prevailing rate.
Reservations: Attendees are responsible for making their own reservations directly with the hotel Reservations Department via phone or Menger Hotel website (see link below). Reservations over the phone require individuals to identify themselves as being with the Texas Archeological Society (TAS) to receive the contracted group rate. All reservations will be confirmed by the hotel directly to the guest.
24 hour toll-free reservations: 1-800-345-9285 or by online group link.
Direct Link: https://reservations.mengerhotel.com/75799?groupID=1815592
Group Code: 1018TXARCH
The attendees may also go to www.mengerhotel.com. Enter the Group Code and the travel dates to check availability.
Room Method of Payment: Attendees will be responsible for providing prepayment or credit card guarantees for their first night’s arrival. Reservations cancelled after 48 hours prior to arrival will be assessed one night’s room and tax. Check-in time is after 3:00 PM on the day of arrival; check-out time is 12:00 PM on the day of departure.
Individual credit cards will be pre-authorized 48 hours prior to arrival. If a card is not valid or declined, the hotel will make every attempt to contact the guest for an alternative method of payment. In the event we do not connect with the guest, the hotel will have no alternative but to cancel the reservation.
Parking: Overnight parking rates are $25.00 plus tax. There are also other lots around the hotel from $12.00 to $30.00 and will charge flat rate for one to three people.
Transportation: There is a city shuttle called “Super Shuttle” that leaves every 15-30 minutes from outside the baggage claim area at the airport. Super Shuttle will make several hotel drop offs. Cost is $15.00 one way shared ride or $20.00 round trip shared ride. Taxi prices range from $25.00 to $30.00 and will charge a flat rate for one to three people. Uber and Lyft both operate in San Antonio.
We hope you enjoy your visit to San Antonio and the historic Menger Hotel!
Friday October 26, 2018 (25 maximum)
Tour of Mission San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo) and Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purisima Concepción de Acuña with Pam Rosser, Alamo conservator and Susan Snow, Archeologist San Antonio Missions NHP
The tour will begin at the Alamo and then participants will get on a bus to go to Mission Concepción. The tour will emphasize the architectural similarities between the two sites as well as the impacts of urbanization and archeological potential.
Cost: $35.00 per person. See Registration Form to reserve your space. Space is on a first/earliest request basis and will be closed when filled.
Meet at the Menger Lobby, walk over to the Alamo, then bus from Alamo to Mission Concepcion then back to Menger.
Sunday October 28, 2018 (25 maximum)
8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Tour of Rancho de las Cabras
This tour will travel approximately 30 miles south of San Antonio to the site of the Mission Espada’s ranch. The site is not generally open to the public. In addition to the archeological ruins of the ranch compound, the park has been restoring prairie grasses and includes a trail down to the San Antonio River. Participants should have good walking shoes and be able to walk on uneven surfaces. There are no sidewalks or improved roads and a porta-potty will be brought in for the day of the tour.
Cost: $35.00. Reserve your space on the Registration form. Space is on a first request/earliest basis and will be closed when filled.
Meet in the Menger Lobby by 8:15 a.m. Bus will depart from the Menger Hotel.
Sunday October 28, 2018 (no maximum number)
12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Witte Museum: Kittie West Nelson Ferguson People of the Pecos Galley at the Witte Museum Tour Led by Harry J. Shafer, PhD, Curator of Archaeology
Take time to tour the Kittie West Nelson Ferguson People of the Pecos Gallery at the Witte Museum on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. This gallery features the people and lifeway of the Lower Pecos. The galley has five major exhibits and an introductory video. The exhibits include a food gathering and preparation scene, a household scene, a hunting camp scene, and a ritual site. Life-size human action figures use replicas of actual artifacts exhibited in the supporting cases to help to tell the story of an ancient way of life of hunters and gathers in the Lower Pecos Canyonlands 4,000 years ago. The gallery also features a rockshelter with digital projections of five rock art sites using gigapan images from the Shumla School. The shelters are White Shaman, Halo, Painted Shelter, Red Linear, and Vaquero. Interactive technology allows the viewer to explore the painting at each site. In addition of the main gallery, a Lifeways Lab and a Rock Art Lab provide sources for teaching and demonstrations. Each lab also features informative videos; in the Rock Art Lab are videos of Dr. Carolyn Boyd about recording and preserving rock art. The Lifeways Lab has videos about Lower Pecos archaeology, flintknapping with Chris Ringstaff, and coprolites. Eric Powell, Deputy Editor of Archaeology Magazine stated that the People of the Pecos Gallery is one of the very best archaeology galleries he has ever seen. The curator of the gallery, Dr. Harry J. Shafer, will lead the tour. Transportation will be on your own. Cost of admission is $13.00, pay on your own at the Witte.
Night Out: Historic San Antonio Riverwalk Scavenger Hunt Pub Crawl
Calling all night owls! Immediately after the Saturday night banquet at the TAS Annual Meeting, the San Antonio Local Arrangements Committee will once again have a fun engaging event, “The Historic Riverwalk Scavenger Hunt Pub Crawl!” Everyone either individually, with a partner, or in a team, with your walking shoes on please, will have a chance to visit local establishments around Alamo Plaza and the downtown Riverwalk, and have fun looking for historic clues and answers, buying a drink (optional of course) and moving on to the next one. We will begin directly after the banquet (meet in the Historic Lobby of the Menger Hotel) where you will get your packets with instructions, scavenger hunt Q & A form, and map. Next, we will all meet up in one location (to be determined) for the Q & A wrap up and fun prizes! Please contact Maureen ‘Mo' Brown, chair of this event, for further questions, email: firstname.lastname@example.org and cell: (512) 638-3483.
Dr. Jim Bruseth will be our Public Forum speaker on Friday night. This event will be held at the Menger Hotel in Rooms ABC from 7:00 pm. to 9:00 pm. Dr. Bruseth’s presentation is titled “From A Watery Grave: The Discovery and Excavation of La Salle’s shipwreck, La Belle.” He will discuss how archaeologists from the Texas Historical Commission located and excavated La Belle, called by Smithsonian Magazine as one of the most important shipwreck discoveries ever made in North America. He will also present the results of the 22-year-long analysis and conservation of the recovered 1.8 million artifacts—representing an explorer’s “kit” for building a colony in the seventeenth-century New World. Finally, Dr. Bruseth will describe the new La Belle exhibit currently being installed at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin.
Dr. Jim Bruseth is a professional archaeologist and, until his retirement from the Texas Historical Commission in 2011, served as the agency’s Director of the Archeology Division. While at the Commission, he directed the excavation of La Belle, a ship wrecked in 1684 along the Texas coast and belonging to the French explorer La Salle. Dr. Bruseth has been active in the field of archaeology for 45 years. His projects have been covered in national publications such as National Geographic, the New York Times, and Smithsonian Magazine. He has written several books and papers on archaeology. His 2005 book From a Watery Grave (authored with his wife Toni Turner) recounts the discovery and excavation of La Belle; the book won two national awards. His newest book, titled La Belle: The Archaeology of a Seventeenth-Century Ship of New World Colonization (co-edited with Amy Borgens, Brad Jones, and Eric Ray), won the 2017 Keith Muckelroy Memorial Award from the international Nautical Archaeology Society.
The Saturday Oct, 27, 2018 TAS Banquet will feature Dr. Greg Cook and Dr. John Worth from the University of West Florida.
Dr. Cook’s presentation will provide an update on the continuing archaeological and historic research on the shipwrecks sunk during the 1559 Spanish colonization expedition headed by Don Tristán de Luna y Arrellano. Luna and about 1,500 soldiers, colonists, slaves and Aztec Indians traveled in 11 ships from Veracruz, Mexico to Pensacola. A hurricane struck Pensacola about a month later, sinking six ships into the bay and wiping out a significant portion of their supplies. Known as the “Emanuel Point” wrecks, archaeologists and students from the University of West Florida (UWF) have focused recent excavations on the second and third vessels located from the fleet, providing new insights into Luna’s voyage and the attempt to settle in northwest Florida. Emanuel Point I was discovered in 1992 by the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research, and subsequently studied by Florida DHR and UWF during two campaigns of fieldwork. Located in Pensacola Bay near Emanuel Point, this shipwreck was firmly associated with Don Tristán de Luna y Arellano's attempt to colonize Pensacola in 1559. Emanuel Point II was found by UWF in 2007. The UWF team discovered ballast stones, iron concretions, an articulated hull of the ship with frames and hull planking, and remnants of ceramics carried on the ship. Emanuel Point III was found in 2016. Three shipwrecks still remain undiscovered in the bay, but the Emanuel Point III is the newest piece to the puzzle as the UWF team searches for answers to a nearly 500-year-old mystery.
Dr. John Worth, University of West Florida (UWF), in his presentation “The Discovery and Exploration of Tristán de Luna’s 1559-1561 Settlement on Pensacola Bay” will discuss the exciting archaeological discovery of the Tristán de Luna settlement. Dr. John Worth has led excavations of this archaeological site since its discovery in 2015.
The 2015 identification of Tristán de Luna’s 1559-1561 terrestrial settlement on Pensacola Bay was based on substantial and unprecedented archaeological evidence for mid-16th-century Spanish and Aztec residential habitation across a landform that had already been long suspected to be one of the best candidates for the site, both based on documentary descriptions and the presence of two shipwrecks from Luna’s colonial fleet just offshore. But this was just the beginning of the story for UWF archaeologists, whose next challenge was to explore the extent and nature of the archaeological deposits at the site in greater detail.
Since the site’s discovery in the fall of 2015, archaeological survey and excavations have been conducted on an ongoing basis by the University of West Florida Archaeology Institute. The results of the 2016 shovel test survey as well as the 2016 UWF summer field schools at the site, combined with subsequent laboratory analysis of the artifacts discovered, has provided a much clearer picture of the size and configuration of the Luna settlement site. The spatial distribution of several categories of diagnostic Luna expedition artifacts overlap one another, including 16th-century lead glazed redware, Columbia Plain majolica, Aztec ceramics, and caret head nails, but the most abundant diagnostic is early Spanish olive jar, which is distributed across a total area of roughly 12.7 hectares. We also now know that the site is accompanied by direct evidence of Spanish structures, trashpits, hearths, and other activity areas. The 2017 UWF terrestrial archaeological field school at the Luna settlement site has built upon previous fieldwork at the site to open up even larger excavation units in search of intact evidence for Spanish residential presence.
The work has confirmed that this is by far the largest mid-16th-century Spanish residential site in the entire Southeastern United States, larger than both 16th-century locations of St. Augustine (about 1 and 4 hectares) and the contemporaneous location of Santa Elena in South Carolina (6 hectares). Located in modern-day Pensacola, Florida, this Spanish Colonial site represents the oldest established multi-year European settlement in the United States.
Calling ALL members to please put your creative hats on and start collecting items for the TAS Annual Meeting Silent Auction! As you know, TAS is a not-for-profit organization and the proceeds benefit the wonderful educational programs to keep the public informed about Texas archaeology and the many opportunities TAS provides. New or gently used items in good condition are welcome! Suggested items include archaeology-related items, field tools and kits, books, artwork and photography (preferably framed and/or matted), gift baskets from your local establishments, hotel certificates for complimentary nights stays, spa and resort certifications, airline flight certificates, tours around Texas, vacation packets in Texas and beyond, local museum gift shop items, complimentary memberships and/or admission tickets to Texas-wide museums, archaeology-related t-shirts, jewelry, and more!! It would especially be nice if someone would get their local dealership to donate a vehicle!! Wishful thinking! They would have great advertising and it would give us a boost in funds! Everyone please use your imagination and/or make the ask for TAS in making this a great auction! The silent auction donor form will be available with registration materials, via the TAS Website. We are also looking for volunteers to help with setting up and logging in auction items and wrapping up at the end!
CALL FOR PAPERS AND POSTERS:
2018 Annual Meeting of the Texas Archeological Society
Abstracts and creative ideas are sought for papers, symposia, and posters to be presented at the 89th Annual Meeting of the Texas Archeological Society on October 26-28, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas. TAS encourages presentations by avocational, student, and professional archeologist members on any topic of archeological interest, particularly historic and historic contact topics. According to current TAS policy, all presenters must be TAS members and be registered for the meeting.
Papers will be allotted 15 minutes, a limit that will be strictly enforced. Because simultaneous sessions will be held, the program schedule will be adhered to so that TAS members can move from room to room to catch talks of interest. The final deadline for receipt of paper abstracts is September 1, 2018.
Symposia may be organized around any topic, area, major project, and/or time period. Each symposium will be allotted two hours per five presenters, with a five-presenter minimum. Due to scheduling concerns, symposium organizers must ensure that all abstracts for symposia and symposium papers meet an earlier deadline of August 15, 2018. For effective presentation of symposia, symposium organizers may specify the order of papers and their length, as long as these points are stated in the symposium abstracts.
Poster presentations can effectively convey visual, graphic, and quantitative information, and posters reach a larger audience than oral papers. Members are encouraged to consider poster presentations as an alternative to papers. Poster abstracts must be received by September 1, 2018, to appear in the program. Late poster entries may be accommodated after consultation with the Program Chairpersons and Annual Meeting organizers. Poster presenters must bring their own easels/stands.
Tables will be provided for poster presentations; however, they are limited. We ask that all posters be mounted on a firm backing for display on racks or easels, and that presenters bring a rack or easel to display their poster. Due to limited space we also request that posters be limited to a size of 4 x 3 feet.
Other presentation formats such as discussions, demonstrations, and hands-on workshops may be held on approval of the Program chairpersons and Annual Meeting organizers.
Meeting rooms will be equipped with data projectors, laptop computers, podium, and microphone. Contact the Program Chair with questions about submission dates, formats, and/or equipment. We look forward to your contributions to this meeting.
Submit all abstracts as files attached to email (preferred), or by regular mail on CD or flash drive or in typed form. For email attachments or CD/flash drive submissions, include a text (.txt) file in addition to the word processor file; text files may be created by using the “Save As” command and selecting the text file type.
Abstracts must include the following information:
PLEASE NOTE: all presenters must be TAS members and be registered for the meeting.
Email paper abstract (preferred method) to:
For hardcopy paper abstract submissions, mail to:
817 Fulton Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78212
Matthew Elverson and Laura Acuna, 2018 TAS Annual Meeting Program Chairpersons
Online registration should be available on the TAS website by July 5, 2018. Please see the "Registration Form" link on the top of this page to view or print the form.
Texas Archaeological Stewardship Meeting:
Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 , 3:15-4:15 p.m.
The Texas Archeological Stewardship Network will hold their business meeting Friday afternoon. Agenda topics will include the introduction of new members, a brief presentation of upcoming regional training opportunities, and other network announcements.
CTA Training Seminar – Recording Historic Sites:
Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Staff from the Texas Historical Commission History Programs and Archeology Division have developed a session on recording mid-20th century, and later, historic sites. The focus will be on how to evaluate historic resources that are older than 45 years in age, with or without standing structures, and how the use of archival research and oral history are integral to the evaluation of these resources. Presenters will discuss the similarities and differences for reporting requirements and eligibility determinations under the Antiquities Code of Texas and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
TAS Board and Membership Meetings:
Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 Executive Committee 2:30-3:30 p.m., Board Meeting begins at 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 General TAS Membership Meeting, 12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch provided.
Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018 Executive Committee 8:00-9:00 a.m., Board Meeting begins at 9:00 a.m.