Southern Texas Archaeological Association to hold meeting at Museum of the Coastal Bend

July 7, 2012 at 2:07 a.m.

The Southern Texas Archaeological Association will have a summer meeting on Saturday at the Museum of the Coastal Bend on campus at Victoria College.

Admission is free and anyone interested in archaeology is welcome to attend.

The meeting will include expert speakers, including Robert Ricklis, of TRC Solutions, and Frank Condron, chairman of the Jackson County Historical Commission. Topics to be covered include local history, archaeology and anthropology relating to specific sites in Victoria.

Ricklis will discuss the question of long-distance relations between archaic cultures of the Texas coastal plain and the eastern United States. His presentation will incorporate findings from the Buckeye Knoll site, as well as later materials reported from the Allen's Creek area, plus the Jonas Short mound in east Texas.

Ricklis earned his master's degree and a doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin. His thesis and dissertation topics centered upon the archaeology and ethnohistory of the Karankawa Indian groups of the Texas Coastal Bend. He has worked as an archaeologist for the University of Texas at Austin, as well as for private contracting firms. He is a senior archaeologist and project manager for TRC Environmental Corporation in Austin.

Author of various articles in peer-reviewed journals, chapters in edited volumes and numerous archaeological contract reports, Ricklis has also written a book titled "The Karankawa Indians of Texas: An Ecological Study of Cultural Tradition and Change." His interests include the application of cultural-ecological principles in archaeology, prehistoric human adaptations to coastal environments, and most recently, the relationships between the ancient cultures of Texas and the eastern United States.

Condron will focus on the native peoples who lived in the Guadalupe River Valley. His presentation will cover three of the major archaeological excavations in that area, with emphasis on the McNeill Ranch. Details of the excavation and the organization that conducted the work there will be covered, along with their relationship to the Museum of the Coastal Bend.

Condron earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas-Arlington and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Wayne State in Detroit. His archaeological work includes field and lab work for the excavations at the Fort St. Louis project, and nine years with the Coastal Bend Archeological Logistics Team excavating at the McNeill Ranch. He also does lab work at the museum.

Condron is a member of Texas Archeological Society, the Southern Texas Archaeological Association, and is an archeological steward with the Texas Historical Commission. He is also an active member of the Advisory Board to the Museum of the Coastal Bend and is serving as the board's vice-chairman.

The Museum of the Coastal Bend is on the campus of Victoria College at the corner of Ben Jordan and Red River. Museum admission fees are waived for meeting attendees. Parking on campus is free.



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