Discover the past along the Nueces River
In June, archeologists from the Texas Archeological Society (TAS) and Texas Tech University will spend several weeks along the Nueces River near Camp Wood investigating several sites. Dr. Tamra Walter will direct the investigations. The primary target of the work will be Mission San Lorenzo, 1762-1771. It was established by the Franciscan missionaries for the Lipan Apache as a possible deterrent against the Comanche.
Investigations in the 1960s unearthed some building features that will be investigated further. These include sections of the walls that may contain additional structures, the central plaza, and several midden areas. Crews from the field school may also investigate a likely Lipan Apache village and the 19th Century military outpost of Camp Wood. Additional reconnaissance survey will be conducted on local ranches to identify new sites and learn more about the people who lived here years ago.
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