During Archaeology Month in October, a scout troop visited the History Center to learn about coastal archeology. The information and activities contributed to their requirements for the Archeology merit badge.
Fifteen folks attended the review that included a slide show about the process of archaeology investigations; how to record and interpret an excavation; details of local American Indian groups – Karankawa and Coahuiltecans; information on nearby sites showing the Spanish and French along the coast; and demonstrations of technologies that showed the knowledge that ancient people had.
David Kroskie, an archaeologist with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, and a board member of Friends of the History Center (FHC), related possible careers in archeology.
FHC board member Pam Stranahan discussed how local archaeological sites tell about the early people of Aransas County. Kam Wagert, DRT president, queried each scout about what he/she might put into a time capsule to tell about our modern era. Scouts were encouraged to attend the Texas Archaeological Society field school during the summer - www.txarch.org.
Scouts interested in sessions about archeology may call the History Center for Aransas County at (361) 727-9214 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a visit and lessons.