7200 Paredes Line Rd, Brownsville. (956) 541-2785. Put on your Indiana Jones hat and get ready for adventures in archeology at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park on October 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
At the 13th Annual Rio Grande Delta Archeology Fair, you can take part in activities, demonstrations and displays that let you discover the Rio Grande’s connections to prehistory (the native peoples who lived here) as well as battlefield archeology and historic archeology.
The free event invites you to dig for buried treasure and figure out what is it and who left it behind. Talk to living historians or reenactors, people who have studied the soldiers of the Mexican-American war and can tell you about their “life” in the Army. Let members of indigenous tribes teach you how to throw a spear using an atlatl. Try your hand with a metal detector. Numerous other demonstrations and activities are designed to keep you entertained.
The event is designed to introduce people to archeology, local archeological resources, and the value of resource preservation. Visitors can learn about the methods and tools archeologists use and find out about current research. The goal of the fair is to create a feeling of shared stewardship of archeological resources.
The event is cosponsored by are the Community Historical Archaeology Project with Schools program (CHAPS) from UTRGV, Southern Archeological Consultants, and the Brownsville Historical Association.
Representatives from the following organizations/institutions will be participating: The Texas Historical Commission; Texas Parks And Wildlife Department; Corps of Engineers; Texas Southmost College; City of Brownsville Heritage Design and Review Board; Brownsville Preservation Society; Archivo Municipal de Reynosa; Sociedad de Historia de Reynosa; RGV Metal Detecting Club; Southern Texas Archeological Association; Southern Archeological Consultants; Brownsville Historical Association; CHAPS program UTRGV; and Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park; and various local living historians.
Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park is located 600 feet north of the intersection of FM 1847 (Paredes Line Road) and FM 511, between Brownsville and Los Fresnos. For more information, call 956-541-2785.