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Death On Board La Belle

When La Salle's ship, La Belle, sunk off the Texas coast, a French sailor went down with it. What a way to go! Let's head to the laboratory with Dr. Dirt to analyze the skeleton and discover clues from the bones!
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Death On Board La Belle

Stepping Back in Time

Join Dr. Dirt the armadillo archeologist as he solves an ancient mystery: The Case of the 4,000-Year-Old Sandals. Find out what ancient Texans wore to protect their feet from the hot sand and sharp rocks of the Chihuahuan Desert.
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Stepping Back in Time

Digging through Layers of Time

Have you every wondered what lies 10 feet beneath the ground? 20 feet below? 30 feet below? There’s a lot more there than just dirt, rocks, and worms!  Join archeologists as they shovel through layers of history at a really deep site near San Antonio, Texas. You can choose to open "doorways"  into the ancient past or watch a south Texas river flood and make layers of mud! 
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Digging Through Layers of Time

Mussel Mania

Clams, rivers, and Texas Indians. Hmmm.......What's the connection? Join Dr. Dirt the armadillo archeologist, Dr. Molly the Malacologist, and Shelly and Pearly the river mussels to find out. Become a mussel maniac at an archeological site in east-central Texas!
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Mussel Mania

Meet an Archeologist

Ever wondered what being an archeologist is like? Visit our Meet an Archeologist page to get to know some real pros and read what they have to say about the awesome jobs they have!

Meet an Archeologist

Detectives into the Past

Help solve an ancient mystery with Dr. Dirt, the armadillo archeologist. In this caper, Dr. Dirt is finding out the scoop on poop—learning what ancient Texas ate by analyzing their petrified doo-doo!
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Detectives into the Past

Ask Dr. Dirt

Kids! Meet Dr. Dirt. He's been digging for lots more years than most nine-banded armadillos are supposed to live. But he's not just any armadillo—he's an archeologist, and he has studied the Texas past from El Paso to Port Arthur, Texarkana to Del Rio, and Brownsville to Pampa. Along the dusty trail, he has learned a thing or two about the over 500 generations of people who have called Texas home. That's his profession—archeology. What that means is, he studies the lives of people of the past—sometimes from thousands of years ago—by looking at the things they left behind. The answer, as he likes to say, is in the dirt. In this activity you'll find answers to some of your questions on particular topics concerning archeology. 
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Talking Hands

Texas Beyond History
TBH WebTeam
2 May 2007