And the E. Mott Davis Award goes to……..

….the Frost Town Archeological Project in Downtown Houston! The Texas Department of Transportation, Prewitt and Associates, Inc., and the Houston Archeological Society conducted a data recovery project in conjunction with the replacement of Elysian Viaduct. The project impacted the remains of the Frost Town community, a ca. 1830s German immigrant settlement, which evolved to a mixed European/African American community, and then a Hispanic neighborhood, before its disappearance in the 1990s. Several public outreach activities were conducted as part of the first phase of this project, which are detailed in the attached PDF. Congratulations!

Frost Town nomination for E. Mott Davis Award 2017


Houston Archeological Society members screening excavated fill at the Frost Town site. L to R: Bob Sewell, Sandy Rogers, Larry Golden, Linda Gorski, and Steve Menegaz.

View of Houston Archeological Society members screening excavated fill at the Frost Town site. The view is looking north, with McKee Street on the left and the Elysian Viaduct bridge in the background.

Archeologists inspecting the interior of the Baugh cistern (41HR1188). L to R: Louis Aulbach, Houston Archeological Society; Doug Boyd, Prewitt and Associates, Inc.; Jason Barrett, Texas Department of Transportation.

Jason Barrett (L) and Louis Aulbach (R) making a tracing of the name etched into the plastered wall of the Baugh cistern.

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Mark Your Calendars

The Spring 2017 Meeting of the CTA will be held on April 7, 2017 at Camp Mabry in Austin. The afternoon social will also be held as usual at the picnic area at Camp Mabry. Please keep an eye out for more information in the Spring newsletter. Also, through the gracious spirit of volunteerism on the part of Pat Mercado-Allinger and her staff, arrangements are underway for a day-long(ish) Texas Antiquities Code training session on April 6, 2017. There are many different Section 106 classes offered by different organizations, and many of us have taken them as part of our training as CRM archaeologists. However, many of our projects are also (or only) carried out under the Texas Antiquities Code and there has not been an equivalent training session on the Code, until now. Pat and her staff have very (very) kindly agreed to offer an Antiquities Code training as part of our spring meeting agenda. 

The April 6, 2017 Texas Antiquities Code Training will be held at Camp Mabry. People interested in the training can contact Jon Lohse at jlohse@coastalenv.com to sign up. Space is limited to 50 people, so hurry if you would like to attend!

And finally, remember to bring you ID to get on base.

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Special Edition of Archeological Journal of the Texas Prairie-Savannah

Go to our publications page to take a look at a special edition of the Archeological Journal of the Texas Prairie-Savannah on the pottery of the Harrell Site (41YN1), in Young County Texas.

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Governmental Affairs Update

Hi ya’ll,
The CTA Governmental Affairs Committee presented information at the fall meeting last week on a number of issues for which there is additional information online. The committee is providing the following links for membership review to keep you appraised.

Federal plans/actions:
· There is an interesting look at this year’s presidential candidates and leanings on historic preservation at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/greg-werkheiser/in-a-historic-election-wh_b_9548564.html.

· This year marks the anniversary of the establishment of the National Historic Preservation Act. Signed by Lyndon B. Johnson on October 15, 1966. Go to http://preservation50.org/ to see Preservation50’s five goals is to educate policymakers about the impacts of the National Historic Preservation Act.

· USACE fallout from the Dakota Access Pipeline-If any of you have been following the federal court decisions/appeals on this, you know that there are potential overarching effects to the pipeline permitting process by USACE, particularly tribal consultation. Not to rehash the whole story here but the federal court opinion, issued September 9, 2016, presents a very interesting review of the permitting process, how this case navigated it, and the court’s view of it (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe et al. vs US Army Corps of Engineers, Civil Action No. 16-1534 [JEB]). You can view the full court opinion at http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf.

The same day the Department of Justice, the Department of the Army and the Department of the Interior issued a joint statement regarding the opinion which featured the following statement:

“…this case has highlighted the need for a serious discussion on whether there should be nationwide reform with respect to considering tribes’ views on these types of infrastructure projects. Therefore, this fall, we will invite tribes to formal, government-to-government consultations on two questions: (1) within the existing statutory framework, what should the federal government do to better ensure meaningful tribal input into infrastructure-related reviews and decisions and the protection of tribal lands, resources, and treaty rights; and (2) should new legislation be proposed to Congress to alter that statutory framework and promote those goals.”

The full statement is posted at: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/joint-statement-department-justice-department-army-and-department-interior-regarding-standing.

September 13, 2016 SAA issued a statement as well- http://saa.org/Portals/0/SAA/GovernmentAffairs/DAPL_LETTER.pdf. Very interesting read.

September 28, 2016 the American Cultural Resources Association, a national trade organization for the CRM industry, issued a statement as well- http://www.acra-crm.org/page-18082.

October 11, 2016 the first of seven scheduled formal Tribal Consultation meetings began, which will continue through the end of November at various places around the country. Transcripts of these meetings as well as a copy of the framing paper issued by the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs, Director of the Office of Tribal Justice, and Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) on behalf of the Department of the Interior, Department of Justice, Department of the Army, and other federal agencies can be found at http://www.bia.gov/WhoWeAre/AS-IA/ORM/TribalInput/index.htm.

· 1st amendment to the 2001 PA for Collocation of Wireless Antennas between the FCC, state SHPOs, and ACHP was issued August 3, 2016-See the revised PA at http://www.achp.gov/fccamendment2016.html.

· ACHP rolls out new guidance on Protecting Sensitive Information about Historic Properties- Issued August 16, 2016. Referencing Section 304 of the NHPA, this mostly applies to federal agency review. The guidance is available for viewing at http://www.achp.gov/304guidance.html.

State plans/actions:
· First day of regular legislative session is January 10, 2017. Bill pre-filing begins November 14 and the 60-day bill filing deadline is March 10. See http://www.legis.state.tx.us/MnuMyTLO.aspx
to set up your account for tracking bills and creating alerts.

Andrea Stahman Burden

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New Data Paper Series

The JTAH.org is very pleased to announce our collaboration with Dr. Robert Z. Selden Jr., Center for Regional Heritage Research at Stephen F. Austin State University, to publish a series of Data Papers. This series of data papers is focused on research of 3D geometric morphometrics analysis of pottery using scans made with the Creaform GoSCAN50 device running VXElements and Geomagic Design X. These data have applications to augment many research designs in the humanities and ceramic studies and other comparative research topics.

The first two peer reviewed data papers in this series are now available online at the JTAH.org website under the Publications/Data Papers tabs. For your convenience, the titles with abstracts are listed below. You may click on either abstract title to go directly to them on the JTAH.org website. These papers contain 3D interactive imagery.

3D Scan Data for Caddo Ceramic Vessels from the George C. Davis Site (41CE19)
Robert Z. Selden Jr., Center for Regional Heritage Research at Stephen F. Austin State University

Abstract
On June 8, 2015, the intact and reconstructed vessels from the George C. Davis site (41CE19) were scanned (3D) in advance of an analysis of 3D geometric morphometrics. These data were collected using a Creaform GoSCAN50 running VXElements via the scanner direct control function in Geomagic Design X. All data associated with this project are available in Zenodo under a Creative Commons Attribution license, where they can be downloaded for use in additional projects. These data have the capacity to augment numerous research designs in the digital humanities and ceramic studies, as well as a wide range of comparative research topics throughout the American Southeast. The reuse potential for these data is significant.

3D Scan Data for Caddo Ceramic Vessels from 41WD60 in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Collections
Robert Z. Selden Jr., Center for Regional Heritage Research at Stephen F. Austin State University

Abstract
In February of 2015, 19 Caddo burial vessels in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Collections were scanned (3D) using a ZScanner 700CX running VXElements 4.1 via the scanner direct control function in Geomagic Design X 2015.2.0. These data will be used in a research design aimed at the 3D geometric morphometric analysis of Caddo burial vessels. Post-processing of these data occurred in Geomagic Design X, and quality control for missing data leveraged both Geomagic Design X and Geomagic Verify. In addition to the 3D morphometrics study, these data can augment a wide variety of digital humanities and archaeological projects.

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New Contractor’s List Chair

Hello all:

I’d like to announce a new Contractor’s List chair, who will succeed Shelly Fischbeck in that role. Dr. Erin Phillips, of Coastal Environments, Inc. will now be in charge of the Contractor’s List. She can be reached at: ephillips@coastalenv.com.

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New Publication Uploaded

I’d like to direct your attention to our newest submission to the CTA publications page, a Brown Bag Presentation on ground-truthing parts of the Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail, by Andrea Burden and Steven Gonzales. Click here to go to the Publications Page.

Update: Andrea Burden asked me to add a couple of things to accompany her presentation, and I have included them on the Publications Page. Included is the full EA for El Camino Real NHT, and Google Earth (.kmz) files of the trail. Enjoy!

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Spring 2016 CTA Newsletter is Ready

All:

Click “About CTA” and then “Newsletters” to download the latest PDF. Thanks!

Mindy Bonine
CTA Newsletter Editor

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Square is up!

The online payment system has been updated with our new link to Square. Please check it out and let me know if there are any problems. I did notice that the image at the top of the payment page is quite large, but if you scroll down the information is there. Thanks,

Mindy

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PayPal is Down

We are in the process of switching to a new online payment system, and the PalPal links on the Membership Page “Become a Member” have been removed. The new system will be running shortly, and we will be able to accept dues through the mail and at the Spring Meeting in addition to the new system once its up and running. At the meeting we can accept cash, checks, and credit cards. Please stand by for more news as it happens….

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