Heritage, Volume 15, Number 1, Winter 1997 Page: 22
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Celebrates Cultural Diversity
For the cost of postage, schools, libraries,
museums, county historical commissions,
preservation groups, and archaeological
societies can join in celebrating
April as Texas Archaeology Awareness
The Historical Commisison's Office of
the State Archaeologist, in association with
other historical and professional organizations,
including the Texas Historical Foundation,
have funded and assembled a packet
of information promoting public awareness
and education encouraging the protection
of archaeological sites in Texas.
By contacting the Office of the State
Archaeologist, interested individuals can
obtain information on all aspects of ar
chaeology in Texas. For example:
a list of local and regional
archaeological societies in Texas;
pD * a booklet of resources for
* a booklet of resources available
* resource literature for county historical
* a list of publications for young readers;
* a free copy of You Are the Guardian of
the Past, which describes the range and
importance of archaeological sites in Texas,
* the answers to specific questions about
archaeology, prehistory, and the Indians of
A new resource this year is a booklet
that offers a guide to places that preserve
and exhibit. Readers are encouraged to
visit the museums, state and national parks,
and other locations that tell the story of the
Texas past that began in ancient
Paleoindian times and continues through
the present. This brief guide lists selected
places, sites, and collections that are open
to the public, and listings are arranged by
city, with county indicated, to assist in
finding the nearest locations. More than
40 sites across the state are listed in the
All of the materials stress the importance
of preserving the rich cultural diversity
that exists in Texas, even though it
may be buried beneath layers of dirt. Summarizing
the role that each of us play as
protectors of our own past, the THC literature
notes that "thousands of archaeological
and historic sites are damaged each year
in Texas. Several thousands of sites have
already been lost to vandalism, looting,
and time itself. Each site is unique and
cannot be replaced. Each site destroyed is
part of our Texas history lost forever." Public
education can help protect this fragile
To obtain additional information about
the free educational packets contact: The
Office of the State Archaeologist, Texas
Historical Commission, P.O. Box 12276,
Austin, Texas 78711-2276, (512) 4636090.
"This delightful book depicts the life and culture of American Indians who lived
in the Lower Pecos region ofTexas and Mexico. Elaine Acker brings the spirit of
their culture to life by articulating the character of the land they lived on, their
rich tradition of art, and the story behind the remains of their homes."
Science Books & Films, June/July 1996
"Life in a Rock Shelter stimulates the imagination and whets the reader's
appetite for a first-hand look at the sites described in the book."
Texas Parks and Wildlife. April, 1996
"Life in a Rock Shelter is a beautifully designed and informative book for
budding archaeologists and anthropologists (12 and up) or for anyone interested
in what life was like for the prehistoric Indians in our part of the world."
Texas Books, Judyth Rigler
Need Some Good Advice
On Preserving the Past?
Write for a free catalog
of historic preservation
National Park Service
P.O. Box 37127
Washington, D.C. 20013-7127
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