Houston‰Ûªs Prehistoric Energy Corridor: Dr. Jason Barrett
Sponsored by Houston Archeological Society and the Houston Museum of Natural Science
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Houston Museum of Natural Science.
5555 Hermann Park Dr.
Houston, TX
United States

This lecture will explore the dynamic cultural and environmental factors that characterized the Houston 
area prior to the arrival of Europeans. In the fall of 1996, during the planning stages for Houston's Grand 
Parkway, archaeologists discovered a prehistoric site on a low floodplain mound along the banks of 
Cypress Creek. The site, later named Diamond Knoll, yielded the greatest density of prehistoric stone 
artifacts among any site recorded previously in the region. This rich artifact record --going back as far as 
the Late Paleoindian period (ca. 8000 BC) with a prolific Late Prehistoric (ca. AD 700-1500) assemblage 
of artifacts–sheds new light on the prehistoric heritage of the Houston area, providing evidence for 
recurring visitation by mobile foraging groups spanning a period of nearly ten millennia. The nearly 1,000 
artifacts recovered and analyzed reveals shifts in adaptive strategies and the influence of external culture 
areas, and suggests that trade corridors weaving through Texas' coastal region were established several 
thousand years earlier than previously assumed. 
Admission: $18, purchase tickets.


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