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First humans in North Texas lecture at FWMSH

When did the first Texans arrive?

That will be the topic of discussion Monday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m., when archaeologists Tom Williams, Ph.D, and Nancy Velchoff, M.Ph. discuss evidence of the earliest Texans at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History Lecture Series.

For many years it was believed the first humans to settle in North America arrived around 13,500 years ago. Now, after seven years of excavation at the Gault Archeological Site, evidence shows that people were here much earlier than originally thought.

The family-friendly lecture will feature a short film about the archaeologists’ research, a presentation by Williams and Velchoff, and a chance for guests to ask their own questions.

The lecture is free, but registration is required.

Guests can dive deeper into the world of archaeology at a VIP reception held at the Museum immediately preceding the lecture at 6 p.m. The event includes complimentary wine and beer and an opportunity to chat with Williams and Velchoff. Cost is $5 for museum members and $10 for non-members.

Williams is the Assistant Executive Director of the Gault School of Archaeological Research and a Research Associate with the Prehistory Research Project (PRP) at the University of Texas in Austin’s Texas Archeological Research Laboratory.

Velchoff is an archaeologist and Research Associate at the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory. She is also a founding member of the Gault School.

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