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Contact: Roland Garza, 956-541-2785 x331
October is Texas Archeology Month and Palo Alto Battlefield once again marks the event with the Rio Grande Delta Archeology Fair. The event will take place on October 9, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the field adjacent to the park visitor center.
This is the fourth year for this event, and every effort has been made to provide an expanded and improved program. As in previous years, the fair will include a wide variety of activities, ranging from atlatl throwing to flint knapping. There will also be a variety of craft activities and displays. But this year's fair will better highlight the role of archeology as a profession and its role in the Rio Grande delta region.
One of the most noticeable changes will be the presence of more archeologists. The fair will include professionals from the National Park Service, Texas Historical Commission, Mexico's National Institute of Archeology and History, University of Texas-Pan American, University of Texas at Brownsville and a number of independent archeologists. These participants will provide displays and presentations on battlefield archeology, maritime archeology, prehistoric archeology, and historical archeology projects. The presentations will also be coordinated with a hands-on activities, to drive home the purpose and methods of each discipline.
The event is once again co-hosted by the Historic Brownsville Museum, but there will also be a much more active role by some of the local universities. The University of Texas Pan-American will feature its ethnohistory program while the University of Texas at Brownsville will offer presentations about its oral history program.
It is expected that these changes will serve the goal of the fair to create a broader awareness of archeology and its purpose. By extension, the program should help promote the values of preservation and resource protection that lie at the heart of the Palo Alto Battlefield and National Park Service missions.