Support for FY2020 BLM Cultural Resources and National Conservation Lands Appropriations

The CTA joined 90 other organizations in signing a letter advocating for increased funding to the Bureau of Land Management and National Conservation Lands. This letter was sent to both the House and Senate Interior Appropriations Committees ahead of the FY2020 Interior Appropriations bill.
To read the letter, please click here. You can also use this copy if you’d like to send it directly to your Representatives and/or Senators.
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Tornado at Caddo Mounds

We were saddened and shocked to learn that a tornado hit Caddo Mounds State Historic Site yesterday during Caddo Culture Day. From what we understand, many visitors and staff were hospitalized and the tornado destroyed the visitor center, museum, and grass house.

We will share more information with our community as it becomes available.

Caddo Mounds Tornado: Texas Historic Site Struck

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Renew your membership!

We’re one week away from the spring meeting at Camp Mabry in Austin. As a friendly reminder, please renew your membership prior to the meeting (go to the Become a Member tab for instructions and to be redirected to our Wild Apricot service). You MUST be a paid professional or student member in order to vote on a number of items on the agenda.

And for more details on the spring meeting, please see the newsletter posted below.  Looking forward to seeing you on April 5th!

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Spring Newsletter is here!

If you would like to download a copy, please click the download icon in the top left-hand corner.

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Attention Students!

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Donation in memory of Christopher Hard

The CTA was saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Bob Hard’s son, Christopher Hard. With our deepest sympathies, the CTA has made a donation of $192, a dollar for each of our members, to the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm (http://www.cibolo.org/) in his memory.

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Announcing the 2019 TAS Academies. Register Today!

The 2019 TAS Academies (Rock Art and Lithics) are filling up fast! Interested in registering? See the attachments for more information, including dates and registration fees. Click here for the registration form.

 

 

 

 

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CTA Career Social Update: All Tables Reserved

Members,

Just an update to let you know that all tables for the CTA Career Social at the TAS meeting have now been reserved. But you can still make donations on our Square page (https://mkt.com/counciloftexasarcheologists…). Thanks for your support and see you next week in San Antonio!

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Fall Newsletter Now Available

Dear Members,

The Fall Newsletter is now available. We are trying something a bit different this time around and displaying it in a PDF flipbook viewer. If you would still like to download a copy, please click the download icon in the top left-hand corner.

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CTA Fall Meeting: Professional Development Session Announced

Becky Shelton of the Texas Historical Commission has graciously agreed to lead our Friday, October 26 afternoon professional development session as part of our Fall meeting in San Antonio.  Please see a summary of what to expect below. This session is open to all CTA members.

Evaluating 20th Century Historic Resources 

Staff from the Texas Historical Commission History Programs and Archeology Division have developed a session to discuss how we review late 19th – mid-20th century, and later, historic sites and structural resources. The results of the April 2018 Spring CTA survey will guide some of the discussion. The session will include an analysis of 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.  A series of case studies will be included that provide examples of good archival research, how to evaluate unusual resource types, and how the THC recommends they be recorded.  Recommendations will be provided for the documentation needed for the reviewers to make determinations for non-collect surveys. This seminar is a starting off point for further developing survey and documentation guidelines for historic sites.  The intent is to provide feedback for members of the CTA, to seek information on how the membership thinks that this work should be handled, and to encourage the CTA to consider additional guidelines regarding these types of resources as they develop new protocols.

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