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2005 STAA Excavation of the Fools Rockshelter near Bulverde, Texas

2005 STAA Excavation of the Fools Rockshelter near Bulverde, Texas

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Sand pit mining in recent years at the Jenkins site (41AT287) in Atascosa County, in South Texas (Figure 1), has resulted in the recovery of a substantial assemblage of Late Prehistoric material culture remains, including arrow points of various types, distinctive Gahagan and beveled bifaces, and 393 ceramic vessel sherds (Perttula 2019a-c, 2020).

During the summer of 2020, an archeological site was investigated by collectors near Falcon Reservoir in Zapata County (Figure 1), in the South Texas Brush Country, for the prehistoric artifacts it was known to contain. In the course of recovering prehistoric artifacts from subsurface deposits, it was noted that a number of historic 19th century ceramic sherds of Mexican manufacture were present on the site surface (Figures 2 and 3). 

In this article, I explore the way borderlands culture affected cemetery planning and decorative elements from the late 1800s to the present day. Specifically, I look at the inscriptions, design elements, and placement of decorations on 105 graves from the Calvary Catholic Cemetery and the Laredo City Cemetery. The two adjacent cemeteries contain burials from the late 1800s to the present (City Cemetery n.d., Appendix 1). My hypothesis is that though the frequency of English or Spanish may change over time, the two cemeteries will continue to represent a distinct border culture.

This is the story of how an ancient Maya tranchet flake, aka “orange-peel flake,” changed the lives of many professional and student Texas archaeologist(Figure 1). It all began in 1975 at the Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archaeology in Dallas. It happened with a serendipitous invitation when Thomas Hester invited me to join him for lunch with a group hosted by Dr. Norman Hammond of Cambridge University of England. 

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