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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The CTA is now soliciting table sponsors or donations for the CTA Fall Social occurring on Friday, October 26 in conjunction with the annual TAS Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Reservations are limited, so please go to this link, scroll down to 2018 Fall Social Table Fee and reserve today. The table fee is $200 and the deadline to purchase is October 23.
Additionally, donations can be made in any amount (at the same link under 2018 Fall Social Table Donations) to help out but you must meet the minimum fee to use table space. Thanks for your support!
We would like to announce that Amanda Castaneda will be serving as the new Secretary for the CTA effective immediately. Here is a little bit about Amanda:
Amanda is currently the Assistant Project Archaeologist for Shumla Archaeological Research & Education Center. She received her BS and MA from Texas State University and has worked in the Lower Pecos Canyonlands since 2009. Amanda’s archaeological research interests are hunter-gatherer lifeways, iconography and rock art, and ground stone technology.
Please see the poster and the website (www.radiocarbon.com/raffle) for more information.
The Spring Newsletter is now available! Included are further details regarding this year’s meeting schedule, information on Curation Training Part II (which is now full), and other great updates and reports. Click the link below for the PDF.
CTA Newsletter Spring 2018
We are pleased to announce that professional development training by USACE has been added to this year’s Spring CTA meeting and will occur on the afternoon of Friday, April 6th. This training will be lead by representatives from three USACE districts: Mr. Jerry Androy (Galveston), Mr. Jimmy Barrera (Fort Worth), and Mr. Chris Parrish (Albuquerque). The training will cover the basics regarding the treatment of adverse effects and will be especially beneficial to early career archeologists and staff.
To recap, the main schedule for this year’s CTA meeting is as follows:
April 5th: Curation Training Part II (space is limited, please email CTA president, Jon Lohse, to register)
April 6th: CTA Spring meeting at the LCRA Redbud Trail Facility, Austin, followed by USACE professional development training.
**As a friendly reminder, you must be a current CTA member to participate in Curation Training Part II and the professional development training offered by USACE.**
Please stay tuned for more details.