This week’s #SiteOfTheWeek
is a series of eight archaeological sites, both pre-Columbian and historic, that are located in west-central Brazos County! This drawing shows a cross-section depicting changes in the physical and cultural landscape over time.
Don’t forget to attend the ARC-TAMU's lecture on October 29th presented by Dr. Alston Thoms if you’re interested in learning more about the Native History of the Brazos Valley!https://www.facebook.com/events/236809913679138/
All eight sites were excavated as part of a cultural resource management project (CRM) compliance project during construction on the Texas A&M University’s Animal Science Teaching and Research Complex (ASTRC). The CRM project occurred from 1991-1993 and was directed by Dr. Alston Thoms for the Center for Ecological Archaeology, a previous iteration of the ARC-TAMU. During survey, archaeologists identified and later tested eight sites - three were deemed “historic” (i.e. post-European contact), three were “prehistoric” (i.e. pre-European contact, sometimes referred to as "pre-Columbian") and two sites included both prehistoric and historic elements. Together, the sites show that this part of the Brazos Valley was occupied multiple times, spanning from 8,000 years before present (yrs. BP) until the late 19th century and mid 20th century, when land was granted to Anglo American settlers under the Austin Colony land grants. Artifacts uncovered include prehistoric stone projectile points, remnants of the stone tool manufacture process (e.g lithic cores, flakes etc.), ceramics, and fire-cracked rock, as well as historic agricultural tools, and historic metal, ceramics, and glass.