TxDOT is proud to announce that the archeology publication Peering through the Sands of Time is now available for free download from Dropbox, iTunes, and the Google Play Store. This book provides an overview of TxDOT-sponsored excavations in northeastern Texas at a prehistoric Caddo settlement, dating primarily to the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries A. D. The publication includes extensive photographs of the finds and a detailed treatment of Caddo pottery manufacture. The iBook version — accessible from an iPad or Mac — also contains many interactive features, including three-dimensional models of some Caddo pots.
Unless you already have an iTunes account (and iPad or Mac) or a Google Play account, the following Dropbox link probably provides the easiest access to the PDF of the publication:
The link to the iBook on iTunes is: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/peering-through-sands-time/id953606073?mt=11
The link to the PDF on the Google Play Store is: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Mason_D_Miller_M_A_Peering_Through_the_Sands_of_Ti?id=AFQFBgAAQBAJ&hl=en.
Pat Mercado-Allinger and I were recently contacted by Lynne Sebastian (the archeologist representative on the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation) about an initiative she is developing to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act which will be coming up in 2016. Pat and I met with Lynne at the SAAs to discuss it and have a few questions answered. Though it will be quite an undertaking, we feel it is quite possible, but only with your help.
The initiative, called MAP (Making Archeology Public) will be a series of videos that are web-based and interactive and would present some aspect(s) of life in the past that we only know of due to CRM or NRHP-based archeology. Each state is asked to develop a series of story boards that could be developed into a short 10-15 minute video. The only “rules” are that it must be about life in the past; was determined from CRM archeology; and is appealing to the public. I’ve attached the original hand-out that was sent to us with some details. There is a steering committee made up of a representative each from SAA, SHA, ACRA, and RPA that will help pull this all together. The Archaeology Channel has also stepped up to participate.
What is needed are a couple of things: someone to spearhead this (with a team) and develop the storyboards, which need to be in place by the end of the year. And, of course, a request for money (approximately $2000) from each state to help make this happen. As we had our Spring meeting and approved the budget for next year, there is no way that I can ask CTA to contribute to this without a vote, and we all know that won’t happen until October. So I hope that we might be able to collect the funds needed from firms that are doing CRM in Texas.
I think that Texas may have a step-up in that Texas Beyond History is an incredible tool that could be a guide, offer insight and potential story lines. Also, CRM archeology has provided us with a number of projects that have enhanced our understanding of the past in ways that would have not happened prior to NRHP (e.g., Wilson-Leonard, Freedmans’ Cemetery, among many others).
Things need to begin moving if we’re to accomplish this in the current timeline. So I hope that I can count on some folks out there who would like to help tell the Texas story. Please contact me or Pat if you have any ideas, questions, would love to take this on, or would like to participate as a team member.
For your information, attached is the parking map you will need for the CTA Spring meeting on March 21st.
Parking at LCRA
The CTA Spring 2014 Newsletter has been uploaded to the website. Please follow this link.
Attached are the results of the survey conducted by the Texas State University staff on the Texas Archaeological Community. Two files are included: a table of the raw data, and a summary of the results. Although there were 137 total responses, a few were clearly fabricated by the respondent, or were so anomalous that we felt they did not accurately reflect the larger pool of respondents. Volunteers and undergraduates were also not included in the tables presented here. Therefore the charts presented here are based off a pool of 131 or 132 responses, rather than the total 137 responses.
Job Title-Gender-Age Raw Data
Salary and Demographics Survey Results
The budget included in the Fall CTA newsletter does not include the 2013 budget for comparison purposes, and Carole would like to post this updated 2014 proposed budget with that information included. Copies will be available at the Fall meeting.
2014 proposed CTA Budget
Please click on the link below or navigate to the Newsletter page to download the latest CTA newsletter. Please note there is a large digital poster attached to the back of the newsletter, and this may affect the display of the newsletter on your screen. Zooming in will allow you to read the pages. Thanks,
CTA Newsletter Editor
The faculty and staff at Texas State University are making a proposal to the university to start an anthropology PhD program and wanted to collect some basic demographic data on the state of the field in Texas. They have created a survey to include with the proposal, and would like all CTA members to complete the quick online form. The survey is anonymous and no personal information will be collected. They’ve agreed to share the results with CTA, which I think could be useful to have (especially when it comes to future legislative battles) and share with our membership. We hope to have the results at the next meeting.
The link to the survey is: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZCX3JX2
Please note that we have several new additions to the CTA Publications page, including three years of the Archeological Journal of the Texas Prairie-Savannah, edited by Jesse Todd, and a recent paper on four sites in Madison County by Bill Moore. Check it out!
On April 25, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 174 effectively creating American Indian Heritage Day in Texas and because it got at least a two-thirds vote in both houses it takes effect immediately. This is important because it is not often that the Great State of Texas recognizes the historic, cultural, and social contributions of Native Americans within its borders. This law designates one day (the last Friday in September) to be observed in Texas public schools and other places with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs to honor Native Americans in this state and to celebrate their traditional and contemporary culture. I think we can all appreciate that increased public awareness, particularly among new generations of Texans, of the history of Native Americans in Texas has implications for our profession as well. So mark your calendars now. BTW, it’s also a great way to kickoff October as Texas Archeology Month!
To follow more bills like this on your own, just go to http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/MyTLO/Login/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fMyTLO%2fBillList%2fBillList.aspx
and set up a password. You can run keyword searches for bills that might interest you and add them to a bill alert list so you can receive emails on their progress.
Andrea Stahman Burden, M.A., RPA
CTA Governmental Affairs Committee