Bridging the Past and Present: Cultural Resources Highlights

Learn more about Texas' history and archeology as we share stories from the road.

Feb. 29, 2016 - TxDOT Archeology Reports Available on New Website

Late Archaic (ca. 4,000 B.P.)  Hafted Knife from the Gatlin SiteAt TxDOT, we survey, research and identify archeological sites and artifacts before we build roads.

In fact, since 2001, TxDOT has discovered more than 23 archeological sites – each one adding to Texas’ archeological record and history.

For each discovery, TxDOT’s archeologists and consultants produce in-depth technical research reports detailing the site analysis and artifacts – many of which are available for download or purchase upon request. Through a new research tool, the reports are now accessible online for free at the Index of Texas Archaeology (ITA) hosted by Stephen F. Austin University.

Reports will periodically posted to the ITA, so check back and dig deeper into Texas’ history as we discover new archeological sites.

Feb. 22, 2016 - Ransom Williams Farmstead Discovered by TxDOT

Ransom Williams FarmsteadIn 2007, TxDOT Archeology discovered ruins of a small farm, home to an African-American family from 1871 to 1905, during the years of Reconstruction of the South after the Civil War, and beyond. 

The site and its artifacts testify to the family’s farming successes at the turn of the century.

During Black History Month this February, learn more about this or other TxDOT Archeology projects.

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