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Bridging the Past and Present: Cultural Resources Highlights

Learn more about Texas' history and archeology as we share stories from the road.

Sept. 23, 2016 - Dig into Frost Town with TxDOT

There are many ways to get involved with TxDOT Archeology. If you are in the Houston area and would like to help dig into an historic archeological site, join TxDOT and the Houston Archeological Society on Fridays and Saturdays at the Frost Town excavation site.

Artifacts from Frost Town will also be on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science on Oct. 15 for International Archeology Day. TxDOT archeologists will be on hand to answer your questions.

The archeology project was recently featured on the Houston Matters radio show. You can listen to the interview with TxDOT here.

Sept. 6, 2016 - A Hidden History in Houston

Panoramic view of the Frost Town excavation area, located just north of Minute Maid Ballpark.

Frost Town, Houston’s first neighborhood, dates to the 1830s and was located just a few blocks north of Minute Maid Park.  As the archeological remains of that early community will be impacted by the planned replacement of the Elysian Street Viaduct, TxDOT Archeology recently initiated data recovery excavations at the site.  Archeologists hope to learn as much as they can about this early period in the city’s history as excavations continue over the next several months, preserving that heritage for future generations.

So far archeologists have documented several features, including a 19th century rainwater cistern at Frost Town, in collaboration with the Houston Archaeological Society.

Stay tuned for more updates and photos from the site, which will be excavated throughout the fall.

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