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Volume 3 – Full volume is now available!

We here at The Journal of Texas Archeology and History.org, Inc. are pleased to announce our latest full volume publication. Volume 3 continues our tradition of publishing important peer reviewed research on the archeology and history of the Texas Borderlands region. Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Todd Ahlman and Publisher Steve Davis invite you to download the complete volume.

Download the Complete JTAH Volume 3

For those needing a printed version, we will soon have hard copies available through CreateSpace.com (an Amazon company).

Important Notes about the full volume 3:

  1. The full volume file is 86 MB in size. Your download time will take a minute or two if you have a slow ISP.
  2. The file contains 3-D interactive and video animation imagery that may not work on your computer unless you have a recent version of Adobe Reader or one of the Adobe software packages; such as Acrobat or Illustrator.
  3. Adobe provides a free download of their Reader DC software at this link: Adobe Reader DC.

MILITARY DIET ON THE BORDER: BUTCHERY ANALYSIS AT FORT BROWN (41CF96) CAMERON COUNTY, Texas

Volume 3, Article 4

MILITARY DIET ON THE BORDER: BUTCHERY ANALYSIS AT FORT BROWN (41CF96) CAMERON COUNTY, Texas

Crystal A. Dozier
Department of Anthropology
Texas A&M University

Abstract

Archaeological investigations at Fort Brown (41CF96) have provided a wealth of information about military life in south Texas. This re-analysis of the faunal material recovered by the Archaeological Research Laboratory’s survey efforts in 1988 investigates butchering patterns found at the site. While evidence for modern European American cuts are present, processing of beef os coxae and sacrum are inconsistent with current European American butchery practices. The assemblage is dominated by inexpensive cuts of meat that would have allowed for easy cooking within stews or soups. The butchery patterns seen at Fort Brown are compared to early twentieth century military standards as well as local, and particularly Mexican, influences on Fort Brown foodways.

Link to full article.

THEORIES ON THE BLUE WING ROAD BURIAL (41BX34) IN THE CONTEXT OF THE GUTIÉRREZ-MAGEE EXPEDITION

Volume 3, Article 3

THEORIES ON THE BLUE WING ROAD BURIAL (41BX34) IN THE CONTEXT OF THE GUTIÉRREZ-MAGEE EXPEDITION

Brandon K. Richards, Energy Renewal Partners

ABSTRACT

In 1968, the skeletal remains of an individual believed to have been involved in the Gutiérrez-Magee expedition of 1812-1813 were exhumed south of San Antonio. Since then, the circumstances surrounding what became known as the “Blue Wing Road burial” have remained somewhat of a mystery. This article introduces a new theory that posits that the burial is not directly related to the major battles fought in the region (the Battles of Rosalis and Medina), but more likely an incident involving a Republican detachment encountering Royalists stationed along a well-travelled route.

Link to full article.

ANNOUNCEMENT – DATA PAPER SERIES

The JTAH.org is very pleased to announce our collaboration with Dr. Robert Z. Selden Jr., Center for Regional Heritage Research at Stephen F. Austin State University, to publish a series of Data Papers.  This series of data papers is focused on research of 3D geometric morphometric analysis of pottery using scans made with the Creaform GoSCAN50 device running VXElements and Geomagic Design X.  These data have applications to augment many research designs in the humanities and ceramic studies and other comparative research topics.

The first two data papers in this series are now available here.

3D Scan Data for Caddo Ceramic Vessels from 41WD60 in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Collections

Data Paper Series 2

3D Scan Data for Caddo Ceramic Vessels from 41WD60 in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Collections

Robert Z. Selden Jr.

ABSTRACT

In February of 2015, 19 Caddo burial vessels in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Collections were scanned (3D) using a ZScanner 700CX running VXElements 4.1 via the scanner direct control function in Geomagic Design X 2015.2.0. These data will be used in a research design aimed at the 3D geometric morphometric analysis of Caddo burial vessels. Post-processing of these data occurred in Geomagic Design X, and quality control for missing data leveraged both Geomagic Design X and Geomagic Verify. In addition to the 3D morphometrics study, these data can augment a wide variety of digital humanities and archaeological projects.

Link to full article.

3D Scan Data for Caddo Ceramic Vessels from the George C. Davis Site (41CE19)

Data Paper Series 1

3D Scan Data for Caddo Ceramic Vessels from the George C. Davis Site (41CE19)

Robert Z. Selden Jr

ABSTRACT

On June 8, 2015, the intact and reconstructed vessels from the George C. Davis site (41CE19) were scanned (3D) in advance of an analysis of 3D geometric morphometrics. These data were collected using a Creaform GoSCAN50 running VXElements via the scanner direct control function in Geomagic Design X. All data associated with this project are available in Zenodo under a Creative Commons Attribution license, where they can be downloaded for use in additional projects. These data have the capacity to augment numerous research designs in the digital humanities and ceramic studies, as well as a wide range of comparative research topics throughout the American Southeast. The reuse potential for these data is significant.

Link to full article.

AN UNUSUAL LATE ABORIGINAL ASSEMBLAGE SAN SABA COUNTY, CENTRAL TEXAS FROM THE WILSON SITE (41SS186), SAN SABA COUNTY, CENTRAL TEXAS

Volume 3, Article 2

AN UNUSUAL LATE ABORIGINAL ASSEMBLAGE  SAN SABA COUNTY, CENTRAL TEXAS  FROM THE WILSON SITE (41SS186), SAN SABA COUNTY, CENTRAL TEXAS

Charles A. Hixson
with a contribution by James K. Feathers

ABSTRACT

The late aboriginal component in the Wilson Site in San Saba County is unusual in that most of the assemblage is consistent with that of Classic Toyah, but the diagnostic projectile point is an unnotched triangular arrow point instead of the typical Perdiz point. The absence of Perdiz points suggests that this component is associated with non-Toyah people and possibly dates to after 1700. Archaeological testing by the Llano Uplift Archeological Society (LUAS) to find supporting evidence for a historic date identified an Austin phase shell midden and a “Late Component” composed of triangular arrow points, end scrapers, a beveled biface and bone-tempered sherds, but no items of European manufacture. Complicating matters, the luminescence dating on a ceramic sample opens the possibility that the Late Component predates the currently accepted beginning of the Toyah phase.

Link to full article.