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A PUBLICATION OF THE TEXAS HISTORICAL FOUNDATION
VOLUME 18 NUMBER 4
FEATURES AND MORE... SECTIONS
The Lost Silver Mines of
Llano County, Texas 8
BY S. CHRISTOPHER CARAN
A chance find, a curious and persistent
landowner, and more than a little luck,
have led to an exciting discovery in the
Hill Country of Central Texas. THF is
currently supporting an investigation of
one of the mysteries of the state's Spanish
Colonial era: the location of the lost
Spanish silver mines of Llano County.
Uncovering the Secrets
BY DONNY L. HAMILTON 23
Even though archeologists closed the excavation
site of the Belle three years ago,
researchers are still hard at work in the
lab conserving the artifacts that were recovered
from that amazing project.
High Tech Surveillance 26
Archeologists at the Texas A&M Conservation
Laboratory are using state-ofthe-art
high tech procedures as they preserve
the artifacts recovered from the
Belle. But, high tech is taking on another
role -- this time through a camera at the
conservation site that enables web surfers
to track the progress of the project.
The Fort St. Louis
Archeological Project 16
BY MIKE DAVIS AND
Harsh conditions and a tight timetable are
just a few of the obstacles that archeologists
face as they excavate Fort St. Louis.
ON THE COVER
Fort St. Louis artifacts: clockwise from
top left, French ceramics; Spanish ficas,
or good-luck charms; Karankawa pottery
and a glass arrowpoint; and hand-wrought
irons spikes and nails. Design by Roland
President's Message 4
Honor Roll 7
Book Reviews 28
"Blood of Noble Men,
The Alamo Siege & Battle..."
The George C. Davis Site 30
By the Way.... 34
Texas Historical Museums
Texas State Parks and
Historical Sites 37
Classified Ads 37
Sensing Place 39
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