41. Gault Site Tour
Digging in the dirt is, like, second nature to me. Dogs just naturally love what lies beneath the surface; the smells tell a small novel of a story! If you only knew what it is like to have your olfactory senses teased by what the earth contains.
But besides the smells, the earth contains all sorts of stories that can be deciphered by people who are trained to look at the layers of soil and the artifacts that they contain. Archeologists study past human societies. The word archeology is from the Greek "archaiologia" meaning ancient.
Archeology employs a wide range of different procedures and in the U.S. it is thought of as a branch of anthropology. It is of greatest importance for learning about prehistoric societies when there are no written records for historians to study. This makes up over 99% of total human history. The discipline involves surveyance, excavation and analysis of data collected in order to learn more about the past.
Midway between Georgetown and Fort Hood, the Gault Site, one of the most important Clovis sites in North American was discovered in 1929. Clovis is the name archaeologists have given to the earliest well-established human culture on the continent. The Gault Site dates to 11,200 years old. By 1999, 60% of all excavated Clovis artifacts in the Americas had been discovered at Gault. A juvenile mammoth's lower jaw has even been discovered at the site.
Want to learn more about this significant archaeological site in Williamson and Bell counties? The Williamson Museum and the Gault School of Archaeological Research are hosting special tours to Gault on Saturday, Feb. 12th. The tour price is $10 with proceeds supporting the Gault School of Archaeological Research and The Williamson Museum.
I'd like to go dig around at the site but I don't guess that would be part of the tour. Calling all Indiana Jones wannabees!
Location: 716 S. Austin Avenue
Georgetown, TX 78628
512-943-1670 for tickets & more information
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