The El Paso Archaeological Society presents El Paso archaeologist Javi Vasquez, who offers a PowerPoint presentation highlighting some of the more interesting Archaic period (8,000 B.C. to A.D. 1) artifacts from Sierra Diablo cave in Texas which exhibit great preservation in solid archaeological context. Mr. Vasquez will highlight some of the more interesting Archaic finds since 2008 and photographed material collected decades ago. Multiple excavation areas across the cave have yielded distinctive items within the upper layers of excavation units; those chronological parameters are explored as they relate to radiocarbon-dated charcoal, time-diagnostic projectile points, and diverse faunal and archaebotanical (plant) assemblages.
Jose “Javi” Vasquez, from Socorro, Texas, is a local archaeologist currently working as a Project Director for Statistical Research, Inc. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees at UTEP. Since 2006, Javi has participated in dozens of projects in the Southwest, many of which have been on Fort Bliss, in varying capacities. He has directed excavations since 2008 at Sierra Diablo Cave in Hudspeth County, located within Circle Ranch property. With sponsorship from the National Geographic Society, the Argonaut Archaeological Research Fund, Circle Ranch, and collaborator Dr. Vance T. Holliday (University of Arizona at Tucson), he plans to continue his research on this fascinating site and others like it in the future.