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TPWD News Release — Sept. 27, 2004

State Parks Offer Hands-On Connection With Texas Archeology

AUSTIN, Texas — October is Archeology Month, and numerous Texas state parks are hosting tours that afford visitors the chance to get up close and personal with history at places where archeologists have uncovered important clues to the past.

For instance, an archeological survey this year at Mission Tejas State Park in Grapeland has identified Native American Indian artifacts in the park. Artifacts found in several sites hail from the late prehistoric time, also called the "contact period," when European settlers coexisted with Native Americans. *

Todd McMakin, Cultural Resources Specialist for East Texas, says "We are excited about this new evidence for the Nabedache Village at Mission Tejas State Park. Not only can this information be used to enhance our interpretation at the park, but it can also be used to identify the true nature of this Caddoan village. These sites will be important to our interpretation of Caddoan life during the late 17th century."

From the findings, park interpreters will now be able to share more of this land’s history with the public. Visitors to Mission Tejas can go on a monthly, guided tour of the Nabedache sites and can attend the archeology fair in October. But this is only one of several sites where visitors can connect with the past during Archeology Month in October. Here are more.

For more information about all of these events, call the individual state parks, or phone state park information at (800) 792-1112.

* Correction, DATE: Sept. 29, 2004 — Details about the artifacts were changed from the original release. (Return to corrected item.)

** Correction, Sept. 29, 2004 — This item was not included in the original news release. (Return to corrected item.)

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