Sep 12 2017

Archaeology for Everyone: Preservation and Public Process in Austin

Tuesday, September 12
6pm to 7:30pm
Preservation Austin – 500 Chicon Street
Free! RSVP by Friday, September 8

Join Preservation Austin and Dr. Tom Barrett, PhD for this lecture on the value and virtues of putting the 'public' back into archaeology, and in particular, the many opportunities and resources in the Austin area. Through varied case studies and histories we'll discuss:

  • Intro to 'Public Archaeology'
  • Review of Resources in Austin
  • Procedures for Researching Private Homes/Properties
  • Summary - PaleoSystems Model

Questions and discussion following the presentation. Free, but RSVPs to Programs Coordinator Lindsey Derrington at by Friday, September 8 are appreciated!

Dr. Barrett is an archaeologist with over 25 years’ experience in archaeology, history, and preservation. He has conducted research and fieldwork in 18 US states, as well as Japan and Mexico.  He has investigated battlefields from Goliad to Gettysburg, prehistoric sites from the Olmec to Cahokia, and historic sites from slave quarters to Civil War amputated limb burials.  His doctoral research focused on reconstructing the ancient obsidian economy of Veracruz, employing Neutron Activation Analysis to identify the geological sources of raw material, and pattern analysis to model the regional distribution networks.  He has worked in Cultural Resource Management (or CRM, the 'business of archaeology') for several companies both large and small, but currently is focused on developing a 'public model' for historic preservation and archaeology through his own company and foundation, PaleoSystems.

Sign up for his Fall 2017 course "Archaeology: If Houses Could Speak" in the Austin Community College Continuing Education Division HERE.