Archeological Fair-a glimpse into our past
Our history is our cultural DNA…and our history is in more than buildings, old photographs and written documents. The field of anthropology studies cultural behavior and the evolution of a people. When we dig deeper into the past, the field is called archeology. Like Indiana Jones, archeologists take back layers of earth to discover items from the past that offer clues and sometimes explanations of how our ancestors lived. While we may not find the Arc of the Covenant in our backyards, we can discover glimpses into our past—how people lived through items found deep in the earth.
The Texas Historical Commission designates October as Archeological Month and encourages Texans to explore the richness of our heritage by peeking into life in years gone by. Some activities throughout the state include visits to historic shipwrecks along the Texas coastline to tours of military sites including our famous Alamo in San Antonio.
In our backyard, the Atascosa County Historical Commission is staging an Archeological Fair at the Strawberry Festival grounds on Saturday, October 12 from 8 a.m. to noon in conjunction with the monthly Poteet Farmer’s Market and the first ever Harvest Hustle walk and run.
Historic actor and preservationist, Eric Morrell, dressed in vintage attire is setting up an authentic early settler camp complete with living, cooking and hunting utensils. Eric is a favorite with adults and children alike. He transports you into times past with demonstrations from the use of ancient survival implements to maintaining hunting equipment.
Visit the display of indigenous implements and early food sources. Pamphlets and brochures will be available for archeology enthusiasts with titles such as How to Get Involved with Texas Archeology, A Property Owner’s Guide to Archeological Sites, Laws that Protect Archeological Sites, and Artifact Collecting in Texas, to name a few.
Then stop by the coffee bar for a sampling of one of the original take-out foods…tamales.
Educators are also invited to stop by for information on THC provided lesson plans and activities incorporating archeological studies.
The objective of the fair is to stress the importance of protecting our heritage and environment by understanding our past.
HISTORICALLY SPEAKING is written by Atascosa County Historic Preservation Officer, Marie Levy, on behalf of the Atascosa County Historical Commission. If you have history to share, you may contact her at 210-846-1728.