New Article by Amy Borgens, State Marine Archeologist

The J.T.A.H. is extremely pleased to announce a major new article by Amy Borgens, State Marine Archeologist with the Texas Historical Commission.  This deeply researched article is image and content rich.   We know you will enjoy reading the newest addition to the J.T.A.H. library of outstanding research.

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ABSTRACT:  Boca Chica Beach spans the south Texas coast in Cameron County for a distance of roughly 12 kilometers between Brazos Santiago Pass and the mouth of the Rio Grande River at the Texas and Mexican border. More than 165 historic ships have been reported lost along the south Texas coast in this general area and at least four, or portions thereof, have been discovered so far. The most well-known of the shipwreck remains is archeological site 41CF184, nicknamed Boca Chica No. 2, which has gained almost mythological status in the region as it has long been circumstantially linked to the Mexican warship Moctezuma; not-so-coincidentally one of the most famous shipwrecks in the region. Is Boca Chica No. 2 the famous warship, once believed to be a “phantom” because it so often eluded the Texian patrols? Evidence suggests otherwise but the significance of both the historic ship and the archeological site invite reexamination of this unresolved mystery.

Publisher’s Note:  the author has prepared additional documentation on her topic that appears in a separate linked folder.  The appendix will feature a sample of the photographs of Boca Chica No. 2 from the Texas Historical Commission’s (THC) photography collection. There are currently more than 700 images for this shipwreck in the form of color slides, 35 mm print film, and digital photography. The images in the appendix are provided for research use only and are Copyrighted intellectual property of the Texas Historical Commission, Austin, Texas. They may NOT to be used in any publication format without express written permission of the Agency.  If there is an interest in using these photographs for publication, marketing, or any commercial use, please contact the THC regarding the agency’s image use policy. Please allow for a lengthy download time due to file size. Click here for the Appendix.

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Journal of Texas Archeology and History
2nd Call for Papers – Volume 4 (2018)

The Journal of Texas Archeology and was established to protect, preserve, and promote archeology and history studies through public outreach, publishing, and distribution. Our signature work is a peer-reviewed publication that promotes professional and graduate-level research in the fields of archeology and history regarding a geographic region centered around the State of Texas that includes Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and the northern portions of Mexico. We call this region the “Texas Borderlands”.

The peer-reviewed JTAH “Journal” is produced annually as an open-access online publication whose text is discoverable via Google Scholar and other prominent search engines. It is freely available to authors working in the relevant subject matter and accessible to readers worldwide at zero cost. It is word searchable in common Portable Document Format (.PDF) file format and indexed to be discoverable on the internet. We have no deadline for authors to meet; simply submit a completed manuscript to the Co-Editors-in-Chief, Todd M. Ahlman at and Mary Jo Galindo at They will begin the peer review processes upon receipt. All submissions should follow American Antiquity style
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Our online version of the Journal is a 100% digital publication – authors are encouraged to take full advantage of technology to enhance their article through use of features not available in traditional print publications. These enhancements include, but are not limited to: extensive color, high-resolution photography, video clips, embedded sound bites, 3-D interactive imagery, hypertext links to outside content and websites. Authors whose research includes significant raw numerical data may provide a separate appendix for supporting data that will be published separately in the online version and available as a stand-alone digital download. Additionally, the publishes a high-quality, full-color, print version of its annual volume of peer-reviewed research. The print publication is made available through at low cost as a service to the research community and authors who require or prefer traditional print copies.

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Volume 3 – Full volume is now available!

We here at The Journal of Texas Archeology and, 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 (an Amazon company).

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Volume 3, Article 4


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


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.

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Volume 3, Article 3


Brandon K. Richards, Energy Renewal Partners


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.

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The 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.


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.

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