Travis County Archeological Society

Sep 17th 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Santa Rita Cantina - 1206 W. 38th St., Austin, TX

TCAS meetings are free and open to the public. For those who wish to come early, we gather around 5:45 PM for dinner, drinks, and fellowship. The short business meeting starts at 7:00 PM, followed by the guest speaker's presentation.

The September program will feature Sergio Ayala, Project Archaeologist at the Gault School of Archaeological Research (GSAR), on

An Experimentally Supported Review of the Oldest Bifaces at the Gault site (41BL323), circa > 16,000 Years Ago cal BP

Abstract: Lithic analysis of the Gault Assemblage bifaces from the Area 15 and Area 12 excavations provided a working set of reference parameters to conduct experimental productions. This presentation outlines the strategies and tool-implement techniques embedded in the Gault Assemblage biface morphologies (technological behaviors) and flake scar signatures to discern both social group and individual level production behaviors on stone. The principles behind the Gault Assemblage bifacial tool manufacturing will be presented, highlighting the cultural elements/traits that differ from the younger Clovis production behaviors. The relationships between material procurement, tool production, and tool type and function will be discussed.

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