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UT Tyler students unearth pieces on ancient East Texas history


POSTED: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 7:27pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 3:41pm

A hunt for history is what fuels the fire of Daniel Parker, a senior student from the University of Texas at Tyler.

Parker says, “You never know what you're going to find or where you're going to find it."

Majoring in History with a minor in Archeology, finding a piece of history is what students like parker long for, he says. “This is what they did here, before we got there."

At camp Tyler, he and his fellow students made an amazing discovery.

Ton Guderjan, Ph.D, Assistant professor from UT Tyler, says, “We found broken pieces of Caddo pottery, and pieces of stone tools, and whole stone tools."

The Caddo Indian inhabited East Texas and neighboring states from 1000 - 1800 A.D. Although finding ancient artifacts from the Caddoan tribes are not uncommon in East Texas —there are more than 500 archeological sites in Smith County, nearly 100 of those, are from the Caddo Indians—Professor Guderjan says, it's still rewarding to make this find, "Every time you find anything, you change everything."

You can find displays of Caddo Indian pottery at places like the Smith-County Historical Society Museum and archives in Tyler. But, for these students, the treasure hunt doesn’t stop there.

Soon a group of UT Tyler students will meet other students from all over the world in Belize.
Guderjan says, “Which is a great experience for the UT Tyler students.” — There they will search for history of the ancient Maya in Central America, and hope to uncover even more pieces of ancient history.

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If you are interested in joining Dr. Guderjan in Belize this summer - or are interested in helping preserve the past - please see
Here is more information about the Maya Research Program:
The Maya Research Program is a U.S.-based non-profit organization (501c3) that sponsors archaeological and ethnographic research in Middle America. Each summer since 1992, we have sponsored archaeological fieldwork at the ancient Maya sites of Blue Creek, Nojol Nah, Xnoha...

They probably found Ralph Hall's first campaign poster.

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