CARVED IN STONE
The Clovis people, nomadic humans who lived over 13,000 years ago and are named after the elegantly-shaped spear points they fashioned from rock using a flaking technique, apparently made a home in Texas. At least that’s what Texas anthropologists and archeologists who have explored and excavated the Brazos Trail Region location known as the Gault Site believe. And, it seems, the rest of the science community agrees. The Gault Site is considered one of the most important sites in the country for discoveries about the people that first arrived in the Americas. Although heavily looted by arrowhead collectors who disregarded the importance of a find’s exact location in the soil strata, the Gault Site has nevertheless revealed a number of exciting finds including intact deposits as old as 14,000 years, stones with incisions and engravings considered to be some of the oldest art in the Americas, a mammoth kill site, and over half a million artifacts dating to the Clovis period. Gault Site excavation and research continues today and includes efforts to minimize any future looting and damage. You can see the work in progress yourself on specially-guided tours of the site sponsored by the Gault School of Archaeological Research. Visit the School’s website at www.gaultschool.org for a schedule of events. Tours are also organized by the Bell County Museum in Belton and the Williamson Museum in Georgetown.