Gault School hosts free archaeology symposium, volunteer work day
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.) Continue reading
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Collins’ lifelong work honored
by Texas Archeological Society
Dr. Michael Collins, pictured at the Gault site.
By Ann Friou
Dr. Michael B. Collins, research professor in anthropology at Texas State University, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Archeological Society (TAS). The TAS, which promotes the study, preservation and awareness of Texas archaeology, presented the award to Collins on Oct. 29.
Collins co-directs the world-renowned Gault archaeological site in Central Texas, where recent discoveries have changed most archaeologists’ thinking about America’s earliest inhabitants. Continue reading
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Texas State archaeology professor
brings ancient culture to life
Michael Collins came of age during a period Texas author Elmer Kelton referred to as “the time it never rained.”
One of the worst droughts on record gripped much of the United States, including Collins’ hometown of Midland, in the 1950s. Lakes dried up. Unceasing heat desiccated the soil. Agricultural activity slowed to a crawl.
The West Texas winds did not slow down. They stole the dirt, carrying it by the ton for hundreds of miles in swirling, choking clouds. Collins remembers a horseman riding under a barbed-wire fence — and not being able to touch the bottom strand.
But while the drought and the winds were stealing topsoil from West Texas, they were giving Mike Collins a gift: archaeology. Continue reading
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