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Texas Archaeology Month presentation planned

September 30, 2009 - Amy Roquemore

Mark Wolf, a direct descendent of one of the survivors of the 1758 massacre at Mission San Sabá, will give a presentation titled "Jacales: Spanish Colonial Vernacular Architecture" during Texas Archaeology Month.

The talk will focus on the jacales, or huts, that were commonly inhabited during the 1700s and 1800s. Archaeological, historical and ethnographic information about jacales will be presented, and photographs of jacales that existed in the late 1800s and early 1900s in Texas will be displayed.

Wolf's presentation will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Mission Dolores Museum and Visitors Center, 701 S. Broadway St. in San Augustine. The program is being sponsored by Stephen F. Austin State University and the San Augustine County Historical Society.

Wolf is leading the effort to design a replica of the 18th-century structures that would have been present at Mission Dolores, a Spanish colonial mission located near San Augustine from 1721 to 1773.

He is well known within the historical community for his work on the Mission Santa Cruz de San Sabá project. Wolf spearheaded the efforts to find the mission and is a direct descendant of Juan Leal, one of the survivors of the massacre.

For more information, contact: Samye Johnson, (936)288-0202, samye@pintopony.com; George Avery, (936)468-2457, averyg@sfasu.edu; or Alfred Broden, (936)275-3815, ambroden@sbcglobal.net