Sponsored by: Texas Historical Commission; Texas Archeological Society
This annual conference is open to the general public and provides professional and avocational archeologists the opportunity to present papers, poster displays, and exhibits on current and ongoing archaeological and historical research from around the state. In addition to two days of presentations, conference attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a number of special activities. On Friday morning a tour of archeological sites in Palo Duro Canyon is planned. Later that day, participants will travel to nearby Canyon, Texas to visit the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum (PPHM), the largest historical museum in Texas. The PPHM has exhibits covering the archeology, anthropology, paleontology, history, geology, transportation, and oil and gas industry of the region, as well as extensive collections of artwork, weapons, and textiles. Friday night activities include a free public lecture by Don Wyckoff entitled “Pondering Southern Plains Prehistory.” Saturday night will feature a banquet with Doug Scott speaking on the use of systematic metal detecting to locate Apache and U.S. Army campsites in the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. On Sunday participants will travel to the famed Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument to see where native peoples from the region and surrounding areas traveled to acquire this highly prized and uniquely colored stone used for the manufacture of chipped stone tools for over 13,000 years. Following a tour of the quarries and a trip to the visitor’s center, participants will travel to permanent villages established nearby by people attributed to the Antelope Creek phase.