ACA Lecture Series
Three members of the Travis County Archaeological Society
March 4, 2007
Topic: Three mini-lectures covering human history in Texas and the practice of archeology.About the speaker
Dr. Black will speak on "What Have Archeologists Learned about the First 13,500 Years of Texas' Human History?"
Dr. Steve Black is the lead Editor of www.TexasBeyondHistory.net. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard ('90)and has spend most of the last three decades working as a professional archeologist in Texas, Mesoamerica, and the Southwest. Steve grew up in Austin (McCallum '71), graduated from UT-Austin ('76), and lived and worked in San Antonio and parts
south for many years while working and going to school UT-San Antonio (M.A. '83). He is also a writer and author of many technical studies, popular articles on a variety of subjects including archeology, and a book (with Kevin Jolly) of Archaeology By Design (Altamira Press, 2003), a practical guide to the process of planning and carrying out successful archeological research projects. Steve balances life with
swimming in Barton Springs, traveling, fishing, gardening, cooking, drinking, and otherwise enjoying the company of friends and family.
Dr. Bush will speak on the "Life and Times of a Contract Archeologist"
Although more American archeologists are employed in the private sector than anywhere else, few people outside the discipline know who
they are, what they do, and why they do it. She'll illuminate some of the less-glamorous but worthy and sometimes fascinating archeological career paths that run outside the limelight of National Geographic and the History Channel.
Dr. Leslie Bush is currently the sole proprietor of Macrobotanical
Analysis, a small archeological consulting business in Manchaca, Texas
that specializes in plant remains from archeological sites. She
obtained a B.A. in English and Women's Studies from Carleton College
and worked as a swim instructor, security guard, loan collector, ghost
writer, and agricultural fieldhand before discovering her passion
really lies in archaeology. She holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from
Indiana University. Her dissertation research concerned 14th century
Indians in central Indiana, how the plants they grew and gathered
relate both to local landscapes and ethnic identities. She is the
author of Boundary Conditions: Macrobotanical Remains and the Oliver
Phase (University of Alabama Press), occasional journal articles and
many technical reports. Texas landscapes are having an increasing
hold over her personal and professional imagination, and she looks
forward to many productive years on the Balcones Escarpment.
May Schmidt will talk on "Who are the Stewards? What do they do?"
An Austinite by birth, May Schmidt attended Pease Elementary, O.Henry Jr. High and Austin High Schools. She double-majored in history and economics at the University of Texas at Austin and earned masters degrees in Latin American Studies and Library Science. May has been
active in VISTA and served with the Peace Corps in El Salvador.
Married for more than forty years, she has two children and one
grandchild. She has been active in Texas Archeology for more than
four decades, primarily through her involvement with the Texas
Archeological Society and the Travis County Archeological Society.
She and her husband serve as Stewards for the Texas Archeological
Stewardhip Network of the Texas Historical Commission and as Directors
for Region 9 of the Texas Archeological Society. May is retired from
the Austin Public Library and currently serves as Librarian for the
Texas Archeological Research Laboratory at U.T. Austin
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