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Where to check out San Antonio & Texas history and archaeology this weekend

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This weekend there are a number of special events here and around the state for you to have a good time learning about our unique history - as part of Texas Archaeology Month.


Thursday, was a good warmup as we got a rare look at some historical artifacts discovered by archaeologists in various digs in the area over the last 50 years.

But if you missed that, here are a few of the events coming up this weekend from the official Texas Archaeology Month Calendar.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

San Antonio's Witte Museum : 3rd Annual Can You Dig It? In honor of Texas Archeology Month, the Witte Museum is inviting you to come explore Texas Deep Time with some good friends and a trowel! Come see what lies beneath the sediment and uncover a wealth knowledge at our 3rd Annual Can You Dig It? Super Saturday! Free with museum admission. 12 p.m.- 4 p.m. at 3801 Broadway. Information: Christina Cate, 210-357-1945, christinacate@wittemuseum.org, Joshua Segovia, 210-357-1901, joshuasegovia@wittemuseum.org, www.wittemuseum.org.

Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15, 2017

Traders Village in San Antonio : 7th Annual Native American Indian Championship Powwow

Traders Village will host its seventh Annual Championship Pow Wow on Saturday and Sunday, October 14 and 15, 2017. This native American Pow Wow will include colorful tribal dance contest, an arts and crafts show, visiting with old friends making new ones, honoring ceremonies and much more and is presented by the DFW Inter-Tribal Association. Several hundred Native Americans, representing dozens of tribes from across the United States, will take part in this celebration of their culture and heritage. The drums will beat for the dancers in full regalia of feathers, buckskin, bells and beadwork competing for prize money and awards in many different dance categories. Spectators will be amazed by the precision and showmanship that even the youngest competitors display in their dancing. Participants will range in age from toddlers to grandmothers in their 80’s. Artists, craftsmen and traders from all over the country will showcase their wares and talents at the Arts & Crafts Show and Sale under the giant Brown Expo. Free (Parking $4). 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Traders Village, 9333 SW Loop 410. Information: http://tradersvillage.com/san-antonio/events/4th-annual-native-american-indian-championship-pow-wow/; 210-623-8383.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2017

AUSTIN Texas Archeology Month Fair

Join local archeologists for the Texas Archeology Month Fair at TARL. The fair will feature hands-on activities for kids and adults, demonstrations from experimental archaeologists, and displays that highlight Texas’ rich archeological history. Hosted by the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory (TARL) and the Texas Historical Commission and sponsored by the Travis County Archeological Society and the Lower Colorado River Authority. Free. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the main soccer field at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus, 10000 Burnet Road. Information: Lauren Bussiere, lauren.bussiere@utexas.edu, 512-942-9021 or Casey Hanson, Casey.Hanson@thc.texas.gov, 512-463-5915; www.utexas.edu/cola/tarl

Monday, October 16, 2017

Boerne's Patrick Heath Public Library

Almost True Facts about the Camino Real. The Kendall County Historical Commission welcomes Al McGraw to the Patrick Heath Public Library on October 16. McGraw, while continuing his archaeology research, once held a unique assignment; his career spanned three decades as senior staff archaeologist with TxDOT’s Environmental Affairs Division in Austin. Al will join the KCHC and share stories and detail historic pathways that once were the major corridors through our region, but with time were replaced or altered and largely forgotten. Central to his presentation are details on the Camino Real, a major area route with a lasting legacy, Texas History Has Never let Facts get in the Way of a Good Story, Almost True Facts about the Camino Real. McGraw will also touch on two local Native American pathways, the Camino Viejo and Camino Pinta; these antique corridors also played a part in Kendall County’s and Boerne’s growth and development. Sponsored by Kendall CHC along with the Patrick Heath Public Library. Free. 5:30 p.m. at Patrick Heath Public Library. 451 N. Main St. Bldg. 100. Information: Theda Sueltenfuss, 830.537.4389, theda@gvtc.com, Paul Barwick, texasrailroads@yahoo.com or Bryden Moon, bemoonjr@aol.com

Saturdays and Sundays in October

FREDERICKSBURG, Gillespie Co. Enchanted Rock Summit Trail Hike

Come and enjoy a guided hike with a Park Ranger or Volunteer Naturalist for the hike to the top of Enchanted Rock. Learn about the Vernal Pools, geology, Native American history at Enchanted Rock, flora, fauna, and folklore. Free with Park admission ($7). 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at 16710 Ranch Rd. 965 at t the gazebo at the summit trail. Information: Doug Cochran, (830) 685-3636, doug.cochran@tpwd.texas.gov

Wednesdays through Sundays in October

COMSTOCK, Val Verde Co.

Fate Bell Shelter Pictograph Guided Tour. Come out to the Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site for a guided-hike tour and descend into Seminole Canyon to view prehistoric paintings (pictographs). $5 plus park admission. 10 -11:30 a.m. and 3 – 4:30 p.m. at Park Headquarters Building, nine miles west of Comstock on U.S. Highway 90, just east of the Pecos River Bridge. Information: Tanya Petruney, 432-292-4464, tanya.petruney@tpwd.texas.gov, http://tpwd.texas.gov/calendar/seminole-canyon/fate-bell-shelter-pictograph-guided-tour/2016-10-21

Saturdays in October

White Shaman Pictograph Panel Guided Hike. Come join the Witte Museum Rock Art Foundation for a tour of one of the most remarkable and well-photographed rock art sites in the Lower Pecos. The White Shaman composition, its meaning and the techniques used to create it, have been the subject of intense scholarly research and many publications. It is one of the most spectacular surviving examples of the use of extraordinarily rare white paint. Sponsored by the Witte Museum Rock Art Foundation. Reservations Required, $35 for non-members, $30 for members. 12:30 p.m. at 42535 West U.S. Highway 90. Information: : https://www.wittemuseum.org/rock-art-tour-calendar/

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