The State Preservation Board is celebrating Texas Archeology Month with a new exhibit at the Texas Capitol. Over 25 years ago, archeologists conducted a dig at the Capitol’s north grounds on the site of the current Capitol Extension. They uncovered the ruins of 64 buildings and discovered over 81,000 artifacts.
The exhibit Detecting the Past explores the discoveries the archeologists made of this historic Austin neighborhood. Visitors can view artifacts including glassware, toys and personal items. The exhibit also includes historic photographs revealing how this neighborhood evolved over time. Detecting the Past remains on display through Oct. 31, 2016. The free exhibit in the Capitol Ground Floor Rotunda is open daily to the public.
Visitors can explore more artifacts uncovered at the Capitol at a companion exhibit at the Capitol Visitors Center (112 E. 11th Street). The Visitors Center also includes a hands-on dig site where guests can test their archeological skills and uncover their own artifacts.