Volunteers Needed–Test of Archaeological Site Potential Model

Members, please see the below message from Dr. Selden:

Greetings colleagues,

The National Forests and Grasslands in Texas and the Center for Regional Heritage Research would like to invite you to participate in a large public archaeology/outreach opportunity from February 18 – March 3, 2018 (two one-week sessions) to test and evaluate an archaeological site potential model for the Davy Crockett National Forest (http://www.passportintime.com/site-testing-on-the-davy-crockett-2018.html). This is a national call for volunteers, and is limited to 40 participants; however, we wanted to open the opportunity to locally-interested colleagues and students in advance of the formal announcement. Registration is required for all participants through the USFS Passport in Time website. Register by visiting the link above and filling out the short application using the Apply Now tab immediately below the image of the dart points.

Thank you for your continued support of our program, and we hope to see you in February! Additional information regarding this opportunity is provided in the link above. Please free to share the announcement widely.

Z. Selden

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The CTA is now on Facebook!

The CTA is now on Facebook! Like our page here.

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Mark your calendars: Spring CTA Meeting

The date and location for the spring meeting have been confirmed: April 5-6 at the LCRA Redbud Trail facility in Austin. More details will be provided as these become available.

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Governmental Update: Coalition for American Heritage

CTA members,

Please see this summary provided by Haley Rush, Chair of the Membership Committee, on a recent webinar hosted by the Coalition for American Heritage.

Remember that although we are Cultural Resource specialists, we are also the “public” and can and should comment on rules published in the Federal Register.  You can sign up for notifications from the Federal Register by key terms (https://www.federalregister.gov/my/subscriptions).  I have tried it and can say that my email gets overloaded.  The Federal Register website contains an immense amount of information.  As an alternative, the Coalition for American Heritage has a Facebook page and will post notifications for items that are important so you can avoid looking through all documents published in the Federal Register that may contain rules that are worthy of comment.

Comments really can influence changes to rules.  Rules cannot just be wiped away; all are open to public comment.  The rulemaking/changing process is time-consuming; for complicated or contentious issues, it can take years.  Do not let the long time frame lure you into ignoring the potential effects.  There is a legitimate danger in reducing rules/regulations in terms of losing historic resources and in turn, losing jobs.  Again, public comment periods allow time for all interested parties to provide documentation, information, etc., that can help the federal agency decide whether or not to make the changes printed in the Federal Register.   Don’t forget you are an expert in Cultural Resource Management! The government officials are not always experts and do not share your POV as a consultant.   

 Here is a guide to submitting effective comments (remember comments become part of public, i.e., searchable, record): https://handouts-live.s3.amazonaws.com/e479f14e38884325bffc8c11279fbc6c?sessionId=1984408867706048003&participantId=1000008           

 You might ask, where is all this coming from? The current administration passed EO 13771, which requires all agencies to review and reduce rules and regulations: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/02/03/2017-02451/reducing-regulation-and-controlling-regulatory-costs

 Here are some other links/websites that may be helpful or of interest: 


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Fall 2017 Newsletter

The Fall 2017 CTA Newsletter is hot off the digital press! Get your copy here or head on over to the ‘About CTA’ tab and select ‘Newsletters’.

*The link is not active on the front page. Click the title of this post for the active link*

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Table Sponsors needed for CTA Fall Social

The CTA is now soliciting table sponsors or donations for the CTA Fall Social occurring on Friday, October 20 in conjunction with the annual TAS Meeting in Grapevine, Texas.  Reservations are limited, so please go to this link, scroll down to 2017 Fall CTA Social, and reserve today.  The table fee is $150.

Additionally, donations can be made in any amount to help out but must meet that minimum fee to use table space. Thanks for your support!

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Update: Curation Training Part I

Dear CTA members,

As the TAS annual meeting draws near, we wanted to provide you with some additional details regarding the CTA’s next ‘professional development’ training session. Curation Training Part I will be held on Friday, October 20th from 1:30-5pm and will cover concepts, philosophies, and approaches. Part One is very strongly recommended not just for lab personnel, but for PIs and Project Managers. Your instructors will be Maggie Moore of Atkins Global, Marybeth Tomka of TARL, and Brad Jones of the THC.
Part II will be a day-long session dealing with actual collections issues and will likely be held in conjunction with the Spring meeting (or maybe apart). More details will be posted as they become available.
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Professional Development: Curation Training Part I

During the Fall TAS Annual Meeting, the CTA will be offering the first in a two-part series on Curation Training on Friday, October 20. This upcoming professional development opportunity will be free for CTA members.

Additional details to follow shortly!


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Legislation Watch: SB 1630 and HB 3265. Public Hearings tomorrow! (April 18th)

Please note that two identical proposed bills have been filed in the House (by Representative Donna Howard) and Senate (by Senator Dawn Buckingham) that address several matters relating to the Health & Safety Code including:


  •  definitions for terms currently used in the law
  •  introduction of new definitions and a process for verification for filing record of unknown    cemeteries
  •  landowner notification requirements for Notice of Existence of Cemetery filings
  •  concurrent reporting to landowners and THC for unverified cemeteries
  •  removal of the state registrar permit requirement for exhumations from certain types of cemeteries
  •  the inclusion of municipal or county cemeteries as options for reburial

The Senate Committee on Business and Commerce will consider SB 1630 at a public hearing scheduled for Tuesday, April 18th at 8am and the House Committee on Culture, Recreation & Tourism will consider HB 3265 at a public hearing scheduled for Tuesday, April 18th at 2pm.

To track future activity of these bills, please click on the links to each bill above or visit the Texas Legislature Online (http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/).
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Spring 2017 Newsletter is Ready


Check out the Spring 2017 newsletter! Go to the Newsletters page of the website or just click here!

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