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I am currently employed in the Amistad National Recreation Area as an archaeological and integrated resource technician. My current efforts are put toward the Border Initiative Project, which involves assessing the disturbance of several archaeological sites and sensitive natural resources within the park. While most of my efforts are directed toward this project, the remaining time I have on the job is spent assisting the park archaeologist, Jack Johnson, with a variety of other tasks involving the documentation of GIS data, handling and preserving artifacts, and providing assistance for local education programs. This internship has provided me with an excellent opportunity to explore the park, learn about its recorded and unrecorded history, and share my newly-acquired knowledge with others.
This week at Amistad National Recreation Area, Jack Johnson (park archaeologist) and I took research staff members from an archaeological research and education nonprofit called Studying Human Use of Land Materials and Art (SHUMLA) to Panther Cave, a large rock shelter with extensive rock art compositions dating back to the Middle Archaic (6,000-3,000 years B.P.). The shelter hosts rock art composed in the Pecos River Style, an archaic painting style that lasted from 4,200 to 2,800 years…Continue
In the past year, Texas Parks and Wildlife recently acquired a new 20,000 acre property that required a massive archaeological survey effort this season. With the help of the Texas Archaeological Society, a field school was held to provide an educational experience to anyone with a desire to learn about Texas archaeology. Including members of Texas Parks and Wildlife, the National Park Service, and the Texas Archaeological Society, the field school on the new Devil’s River…Continue
Today, I took a break from the current archaeological projects that I'm engaged in and helped our park biologist, Kate Johnson. During the summer, the park is home to a small bird called a Tern, which is currently an endangered species. Strangely, they only nest on the island portions of the reservoir, rather than the actual shorelines. Because Amistad hosts many avid fisherman and boaters, it was important to take measures to protect the Tern nesting grounds. While most of the…Continue
Amistad National Recreation area is a large piece of federal property containing and surrounding Lake Amistad, a large reservoir whose operations are coordinated by both Mexican and American officials in order to supply water to border towns Del Rio and Ciudad Acuna. Prior to 1970, a 10 year survey effort called the Texas Archaeological Survey Project (TASP) was conducted before Amistad Dam was built to create the reservoir that has inundated numerous archaeological sites throughout the…Continue