Thursday, June 15, 2006

News from Paris. . . . .Texas Archaeologists uncovering history at ranch
Archaeologists are finding and making history at Gene and Ruth Ann Stallings' Hike-A-Way Ranch north of Paris.

Participants in the Texas Archeological Society Field School found evidence this week of the prehistoric Fourche Maline tribe on the Stallings' ranch during a dig. An open house is set for 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the site, so the public can view the dig site.

The Fourche Maline tribe is considered to be a predecessor to the Caddo. Northern Lamar County is the farthest west a Fourche Maline site has been found, Dr. Alan Skinner of AR Consultants Inc. in Dallas said. During the field school, professional and amateur archeologists found evidence of both Caddo and Fourche Maline houses.