Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Thomas Pozorski

Second Advisor

Dr. Shelia Pozorski

Third Advisor

Bobbie Lovett


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.


Copyright 2009 Kristina Solis. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American