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May 6, 2014

Caddo Mounds SHS to present 'The Art of Stone Knapping'

ALTO — ALTO – Caddo Mounds State Historic Site will host “The Art of Stone Knapping,” a May 17 presentation held as part of the historic site's Primitive Technologies Series.

The noon program will discuss early technologies used by prehistoric Native Americans – specifically, the art of knapping stone projectiles.

Dr. Victor Galan, owner of Deep East Texas Archaeological Consultants, Alan Shadow, manager of East Texas Plant Materials Center and Caddo Mounds Site Manager Anthony Souther will lead the program.

Activities include classroom discussion, a hands-on demonstration of knapping techniques for those who wish to test their skill, and a guided tour of the Caddo Mounds site.

Program participants will learn the basics of flint knapping and how this technology was essential in human expansion from Africa to the New World. They will also learn how prehistoric cultures in Texas selected appropriate material, the variety of tools across space and time, and what stone tools tell archaeologists about past cultures.

There is a $2 charge for the program, and the fee includes a tour of the Caddo Mounds Site. Because seating is limited, individuals interested in attending are asked to RSVP to 936-858-3218.

Caddo Mounds State Historic Site is a Texas Historical Commission property located at 1649 State Hwy 21 West, near Alto.

The site is the remains of a large village and religious center built by a group of Caddo Indians known as the Hasinai more than 1,200 years ago on the prairie overlooking the Neches River. It presents the culture and customs of the Caddo people through intriguing exhibits, displays and preserved burial and ceremonial mounds. For more information, visit www.visitcaddomounds or call 936-858-3218.

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