89th Texas Archeological Society Meeting in San Antonio, Texas:
Celebrating San Antonio’s Tricentennial
PLEASE JOIN US! This year’s Texas Archeological Society (TAS) Annual Meeting will be held on October 26-28, 2018, in the historic city of San Antonio, Texas. Headquarters will be at the Menger Hotel, located in the heart of downtown San Antonio next to The Alamo. Please make your plans now to attend. Registration begins June 5, 2018, so register early to take advantage of reduced fees! We will be in the heart of downtown San Antonio, next to the Alamo, at the historic Menger Hotel, a 500’ walk to the San Antonio Riverwalk, and in a year that celebrates San Antonio’s 300th birthday! We think you will find the rooms at the Menger to be particularly reasonable for downtown San Antonio!
The Local Arrangements Committee is working hard to ensure that the 2018 meeting is full of scholarly opportunities, but we also want you to have fun and enjoy your time here in San Antonio!
The meeting will begin on Friday, October 26, 2018, with the Council of Texas Archeologists (CTA) training meeting held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The training this year will be “Recording Historic Sites”. Staff from the Texas Historical Commission (THC) History Programs and Archeology Division have developed a session on recording mid-20th century, and later, historic sites. The focus will be on how to evaluate historic resources that are older than 45 years in age, with or without standing structures, and how the use of archival research and oral history are integral to the evaluation of these resources. Presenters will discuss 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.
The Texas Archaeological Stewardship Network meeting will be held from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Agenda topics will include the introduction of new members, a brief presentation of upcoming regional training opportunities, and other network announcements
A Friday TAS Board meeting will be held. The Executive Committee will meet at 2:30 p.m. with the TAS Board to meet at 3:30 p.m.
Later, enjoy a delicious meal at the Menger Hotel Dining Room. Or, venture out along the San Antonio Riverwalk, Southtown, or downtown where you can find top rated restaurants.
Back at the hotel, the Friday night Public Forum from 7:00-9:00 p.m. will feature Dr. Jim Bruseth who will discuss the excavation of the La Belle, one of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle’s ships that wrecked off Matagorda Bay, Texas, in 1686. The ship was discovered in 1995, and excavated by the Texas Historical Commission in 1996-1997. More than two decades in the making, the comprehensive book “La Belle: The Archaeology of a Seventeenth-Century Ship of the New World Colonization” documents one of the most significant North American archaeological discoveries of the twentieth century. You don’t want to miss this!
The CTA Careers in Archeology Social immediately after the Public Forum will provide an opportunity for students and professional archaeologists to meet representatives from agencies and private firms that specialize in cultural resource management. This event is an annual favorite for many with delicious hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar courtesy of the CTA.
The Annual Meeting will include numerous presentations, the Book Room and Poster Exhibit, and the Silent Auction! Several tours will be available and our San Antonio Pub Crawl is gearing up to be an especially fun event! Of course, since you are in San Antonio, any number of other activities and events await, such as a stroll along the San Antonio Riverwalk, the Teddy Roosevelt Bar at the Menger, shopping, antique stores, tour of the World Heritage missions, “Battle for Texas—the Experience” at Rivercenter Mall, the Alamo, San Antonio Museum of Art, The Pearl, the San Antonio Zoo, Sea World, and numerous other venues. San Antonio has just been named as a Creative City of Gastronomy, part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, so come hungry and enjoy some of the best cuisine you can imagine offered by our world class restaurants!
Saturday’s paper sessions held from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. promise to be varied and informative. Paper Sessions may also be held on Sunday morning if there are more than can be accommodated on Saturday. Your Local Arrangements Committee has four symposia planned, (but not limited to these): “Titans of Texas Archaeology”, presentations from some of our most esteemed and renowned Texas archaeology elders; “Archaeology at the Alamo”; “Celebrating 300 Years: San Antonio’s Origins: Missions, Presidio, Villa, and Camino and How They Shaped the Landscape and Culture”. In addition, “Angel’s Wings, Cherub Faces and Holy Graces: Recording Cemeteries” training will be held that will cover how to record cemeteries, basic photographic documentation, submission procedures, and other guidelines for successful submissions. This will be led by Dr. Nesta Anderson, Pape-Dawson Engineers, Jenny McWilliams, THC, Becky Shelton, THC, and Tiffany Osburn, THC.
A Saturday General TAS members meeting will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. A Deli buffet will be served and is included in your registration.
The Saturday evening banquet will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Prior to the banquet, a cash bar will be available in the Silent Auction Room. The banquet will feature Dr. John Worth and Dr. Greg Cook, both from West Florida University. Dr. Worth and Dr. Cook will present on some of the most significant North American archaeological discoveries ever made, the Spanish Colonial Tristán de Luna terrestrial site, originally founded in 1559, and abandoned in 1561, and the Emanuel Point Shipwreck sites, shipwrecks associated with the Luna Expedition. The Luna settlement was the first multi-year European settlement in the United States. Tristán de Luna y Arellano led an expedition from Veracruz, Mexico, to modern-day Pensacola, Florida, in 1559 to begin the Spanish colonization of the northern Gulf Coast. One month after they arrived, a hurricane struck, sinking many of the ships and devastating food supplies. The story of the site, the ships, and their discovery is sure to thrill all.
Don’t forget the Pub Crawl immediately after the Saturday banquet! This was a hit with TAS members in 2007, and we hope you will join us for the first time or be a repeat adventurer! Maureen (Mo) Brown always makes this a fun event!
On Sunday morning the TAS Executive Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. The TAS Board meeting begins immediately after at 9:00 a.m.
So, mark your calendar now for San Antonio! It’s going to be a rip-roaring good time!
See you in San Antonio!