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

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

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


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,


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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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Access to Camp Mabry for CTA Spring Meeting

Just a reminder to everyone that anyone who comes to the meeting at Camp Mabry must bring a photo ID. Tell the guard that you are attending the CTA Spring Meeting in Building 8. Please do not park in the small parking lot at the west entrance of Building 8, but continue on to the large parking lot to the east. Anyone who is NOT a current member and plans to attend the meeting or social will need to contact Kristi Miller Ulrich (indyjonestx@gmail.com) to register. Please see the Spring 2015 newsletter for specific directions. See you on April 3!

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Governmental Affairs and New Legislative Session

With the 84th Texas Legislature regular session kicking off last month, the Governmental Affairs Committee urges CTA membership to take advantage of a nifty way to stay informed of bill submissions, committee meetings, and such via mytlo.gov, a tailored online account hosted through the legislature’s main website.  My TLO allows users to:

·        Save lists of searched bills (original text and amendments)

·        Track legislation with bill lists

·        Receive bill and meeting alerts

·        Subscribe to RSS feeds

·        View content on a mobile device

To set up an account, just go to http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/ and click “login” in the upper right hand corner of your screen and follow the instructions on the screen.

You can start reviewing legislation by hovering over the “search” tab and selecting “text search”.  Enter search terms (e.g., archeological, historic, Indian, grave) and click “search” at the right; just make sure the Legislature listed is the 84th.  Once your search list comes up, you can track relevant legislation by clicking the Texas icon drop-down menu along the left side of the bill, etc. and choosing “Add to Bill List” and “Add to Alert List”.

To see your legislation list, click on the tab “my tlo” at the top of the screen, left side.  Here you can also go to your “Alerts List” and then click on the tab “Subjects” and add subjects for alerts from a pre-determined list to receive alerts when  bills are assigned to those specific subjects (e.g., cemeteries, historic preservation and museums).

That’s it!  Staying informed and engaged with the legislative process will enable CTA membership to better promote the issues that directly affect us and protect the resources we steward and this portal makes it easy.  So login today!

Andrea Stahman Burden, Governmental Affairs Committee

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