Happenings: Gault School Symposium

Gault School hosts free archaeology symposium, volunteer work day

Clovis Biface

Clovis biface from Gault Site

The Gault School of Archaeological Research will host an evening of research presentations and discussions, “Paleoindian Symposium: Voices from South America,” on Thursday, April 26, from 6:30-8 p.m. in McCoy Hall, room 119, on the Texas State University campus.

The Gault School, headquartered at Texas State, is a center for innovative, interdisciplinary research archaeology focusing on the earliest peoples in the western hemisphere and their cultural antecedents. The Gault Archaeological Site, located in northern Williamson County, contains numerous paleoindian artifacts. Discoveries made at the Gault Site are revealing new information about human history in the Americas. (Read more and watch a video about the work here.)

The symposium will feature noted archaeological experts from around the world, who will share their research: Ciprian Ardelean from the University of Zacatecas in Mexico; Dr. Astolfo Araujo from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil; Dr. Rafael Suárez from the Universidad de la República in Uruguay; and Dr. Bruce Bradley from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. Their presentation topics include:

  • New Archaeological Investigations on the Younger Dryas Event and the Transition between Pleistocene and Holocene in Northern Zacatecas, Mexico
  • On Vastness and Variability: Some Thoughts about Paleoindian Cultural Transmission in Eastern South America
  • A Fishy Tale: Clovis and Cola de Pescado Technologies in the Americas

The event is free and open to the public. McCoy Hall, where the event will take place, is in the southwestern area of the Texas State campus with public parking available one block away in the LBJ Student Center Parking Garage.

Gault Site bluebonnets

Bluebonnets at the Gault Site (Photo by Steven Paul Howard)

For those interested in getting involved with archaeological work, the Gault School will host its annual Volunteer Day at the Gault Site on Saturday, May 5. The Gault Site is home to a collaborative excavation of Clovis and pre-Clovis artifacts headed by Texas State archaeologists. Volunteers are needed to help with path maintenance, brush removal, light construction and other projects.

“There will be excessive barbecue supplied by the Gault School in return for your labors,” says Dr. Clark Wernecke, executive director of the Gault School. “Gault is a great place to spend a day, meet some new friends and help us prepare the property for another year.”

Volunteers are requested to RSVP at 512-245-8734 or email Dr. Wernecke at cwernecke@gaultschool.org. For information about ongoing volunteer opportunities, including volunteer work at the Gault School lab in San Marcos, contact Dr. Wernecke.

Find information about upcoming Gault School events at www.gaultschool.org/AboutUs/Events. Those interested in supporting the work and research of the Gault School can purchase a membership, order T-shirts and hats, or make a donation to the school at www.gaultschool.org.

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