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only two years old when appointed to the
position. His seal confirmed the age and
identity of the wreck. Other artifacts include
intact white faience and brown earthenware
pottery, pewter plates, a brass buckle,
a brass rapier hilt, a brass whistle, a pair of
brass dividers, and numerous trade goods
such as brass finger rings and straight pins,
glass beads, and hundreds of brass hawk
bells. It is interesting to note that the items
probably intended for trade with the natives
are hardly cheap goods; they are well
made from expensive materials. All these
items, as well as those yet to be excavated,
will provide much information about the
needs and priorities of early colonists.
It cannot be overemphasized that the
most significant artifact is the hull itself, a
good portion of which is intact and articulated.
The keel, frames, several rows of
strakes, and the base of the main mast are
among the parts preserved in the silt. Also,
five or more large wooden barrels were
found still sealed and stacked neatly next
to a bulkhead, providing hope of further
intact interior structure.
Excavation of LaBelle will recommence
in May and continue until December.
J. Barto Arnold III is a marine archaeologist
with the Texas Historical Commission. Keyes
is a research assistant with THC.
* Arnold, J. Barto III
1989 Texas Shipwrecks: Overview of Historic
Contexts. Texas Antiquities Committee,
1993-4 Caney Creek Field Trip Reports
I-VIII, Texas Antiquities Committee, Austin,
1995 Port Aransas Project II Trip Report,
Texas Antiquities Committee, Austin,
* James, Stephen R. et al
1991 Archaeological and Historical Investigations
of the Wreck of the Gen. C.B.
Comstock, Brazoria County, Texas. Coastal
Environments, Inc. for Galveston District,
U.S. Amry Corps of Engineers, Baton
* Pearson, C.E. and Simmons, Joe J. III
1995 Underwater Archaeology of the
Steamship Mary (41NU252) and Assessment
of Seven Anomalies, Corpus Christi
Entrance Channel, Nueces County, Texas.
Coastal Environments, Inc. for Galveston
District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
Baton Rouge, La.
In addition to the underwater opportunities
available through the Southwest
Underwater Archaeological Society,
there are other chances for those
with an avocational interest to become
involved in archaeology.
* Texas Adventures Program. Sponsored
by Texas Parks and Wildlife, this
program provides outdoor experiences
through education, interpretation, recreation,
and work-oriented projects. Participants
must be at least 18 years of age
and in good health. Contact: Texas Adventures
Program, Texas Parks & Wildlife
Department, 4200 Smith School
Rd., Austin, TX 78744-9989.
* Texas Archaeological Society Field
School. During the month of June, the
Texas Archaeological Society offers an
annual field school, open to all members
regardless of age or experience. The
projects are directed by experienced professional
and avocational archaeologists
with training available for persons with
any level of skill and experience, from
novices to old hands. Activities include
excavation or survey, afternoon workshops,
and evening lectures.
This year's school will be held June 815
near Clarendon, Texas, at the
Greenbelt Reservoir, a large, predominately
late prehistoric Plains Woodland
and Plains Village habitation site.
Contact: Texas Archaeological Society,
CAR-UT at San Antonio, 6900
N. Loop, 1604 West, San Antonio, TX
* Southern Texas Archaeological
Association Field School. The STAA
offers a nine-day field school during September.
Working under the direction of
a professional archaeologist, participants
can experience archaeological survey,
excavation, and/or lab work. Contact:
Southern Texas Archaeological Association
Field School, P.O. Box 791032,
San Antonio, Texas 78279.
* Local Archaeological Societies.
Opportunities to assist in an archaeological
excavation, survey, or lab work
in your region are often available through
archaeological societies. For a list of the
local archaeological societies in Texas
contact the Office of the State Archaeologist,
Texas Historical Commission,
P.O. Box 12276, Austin, TX 78711.
* Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.
Offers programs in which people can
participate with professional archaeologists
in scientific research. Note: This
group also offers a teacher's workshop.
Contact: Crow Canyon Archaeological
Center, 1777 S. Harrison St., Suite 815,
Denver, CO 80210.
*Passport Through Time Program.
Provides opportunities for individuals and
families to work with professional archaeologists
and historians at national
forests. There is no registration fee or
cost for participation. Contact: Passport
Through Time Program, Jill A. Osborn,
USDA Forest Service, P.O. Box 96090,
Washington, D.C. 20090-6090.
* Institute of Texan History and
Cultures Teacher Workshop. A workshop
designed for teachers to achieve
more effective Texas history teaching
units for 4th and 7th grades. Each 10-day
seminar is correlated to the Chapter 75
Essential Elements and includes Texas
history content lectures, hands-on learning
experiences, strategies, and resources.
Held in June and July. Contact: Educational
Programs Department, The Institute
of Texan Cultures, P.O. Box 1226,
San Antonio, TX 78294-1226.
* Kingsland Archaeological Center
Teacher's Workshop. The Lower Colorado
River Authority sponsors workshops
for teachers during the summer at the
Center on Lake LBJ, near Kingsland.
Usually held in June, the workshops focus
on "hands-on" education through
interaction with professional and
avocational archaeologists, providing an
exposure to techniques that can be incorporated
with class studies.
Contact: Renee Randall (ext. 4089)
or John Williams (ext. 3227) at 1-800776-5272.
This information was reprinted from Texas
Historical Commission Archaeology Awareness
Month materials, made possible in part
by a grant from the Texas Historical Foundation.
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