Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA
A concise chronology of the Rio Grande Delta from the Paleo-Indian period to early Spanish exploration and colonization
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Thomas Pozorski
Dr. Shelia Pozorski
The Rio Grande Delta's archaeological record is mostly unknown. This paper attempts to assemble scattered resources into a concise and understandable chronology of the Delta’s prehistoric cultures. The prehistoric environment is discussed to clear up the misconception that modern day and prehistoric environments were identical. Archaeological contributions are covered to illustrate the difficulties and successes that 20th century archaeologists experienced. Chapter III discusses a few major sites from the region to give an example of what archaeologists have discovered, and what kinds of cultural remnants have been found. A concise chronology covering the Paleo-Indian period through the Late Prehistoric follows. Detailed historical accounts conclude the thesis with early colonists’ impressions of local Indians.
University of Texas-Pan American
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