George Avery and Steve Black are the primary authors of this exhibit. Additional writing was contributed by Mark Wolf, Sandra Calpakis, and Jeff Williams. Photographs were taken by Avery, Alfred Broden, Andrea Locke, and John Teichgraeber. Computer graphics were created by Jeff Williams. Black put together the exhibit. Web development was done by Black, Jay Parteek, and Jason Glisson of Texas State University. Patricia Christmas proofread the final exhibit.
This exhibit was underwritten by the National Park Service Challenge Cost Share Program and Stephen F. Austin University.
George Avery is the Cultural Heritage Resource Coordinator at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida where his research focused on Spanish olive jar production during the Spanish Colonial period. Avery served as Los Adaes Station Archaeologist for the Louisiana Division of Archaeology between 1995 and 2005 based out of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
Steve Black is the Texas State Editor of this website and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Texas State University, San Marcos.
Alfred L. Broden, Director of the Mission Dolores Visitors Center and Museum, has been truly phenomenal in his support of the research projects at the mission. Assisting in every aspect of the projects, from excavating shovel tests, to water screening and sorting in the lab, Al has been there every step of the way and contributed numerous photos to this exhibit.
Sandra Calpakis, born and raised in San Augustine, Texas, and long time member of the San Augustine County Historical Society, has conducted research covering a variety of subjects related to the history of the area surrounding San Augustine. Her research on the Ais Indians over the last ten years has uncovered information not found in secondary sources related to the Ais.
Andrea Locke and John Teichgraeber were both interns in the SFA Archaeology Lab during the fall 2008 semester. Teichgraeber graduated in December, 2008 and Locke graduates in August, 2010.
Jeff Williams is the GIS systems administer for the College of Forestry and Agriculture at Stephen F.Austin. He was one of Corbin's students and has specialized in documenting surviving traces of El Camino Real de los Tejas. He also assisted in the 2008 investigations at Mission Dolores.
Mark Wolf is a San Antonio based architect who is well known within the historical community for his work on the Mission Santa Cruz de San Sabá project. He spearheaded the efforts to find the Mission, and is a direct lineal descendant of Juan Leal—one of the survivors of the 1758 massacre at Mission San Sabá. With Mission Dolores, Mark Wolf is leading the effort to design a replica of the 18th-century jacal structures that would have been present.
For additional information about this exhibit please contact George Avery at Stephen F. Austin State University: email@example.com.
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Author George Avery water screening sediment from Mission Dolores excavations.
Visit Mission Dolores!
The modern day visitor to Mission Dolores will find a museum, visitor’s center, walking trail, archaeology lab, and recreational vehicle park. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from
9 am to 4 pm and includes an introductory video, numerous panel exhibits, and examples of a wide variety of the artifacts recovered during the archaeological investigations. The walking trail makes a loop from the Visitor’s Center to the RV Park, and passes through Mission Hill on the way.
Links with information about what to do in San Augustine:
This small brass or copper bell was photographed by Jim Corbin during the 1977 excavations at Mission Dolores. Unfortunately, there is nothing in the site records to suggest that it was found during his work. Avery suspects that the bell was brought to the site by an area resident as a "show and tell" item. Over the decades many mission-era artifacts have been collected from the site, particularly during the early 20th century when Highway 147 was built right through it. But the original and current provenience of this artifact remains unknown.
Perhaps you can help tell its tale?
SFA Archaeology Laboratory.