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  • Mystery Cache - New Research on an Old Find

    Check out Texas Beyond History for much more detail and photos of this mysterious discovery.

    In 1936, University of Texas archeologists discovered a fiber woven bag filled with various items that had been carefully placed in a cave in southwest Texas near Comstock. The cache contained:

    • Rabbit fur blanket found underneath the bag
    • Woven mat fragments
    • Buckeye and Mountain Laurel seeds
    • Langtry preform
    • Uniface tools
    • Bifaces
    • Antler punches and pressure flaking tool
    • Hammer stone
    • Bundles of sinew
    • Fiber cordage
    • Small piece of deer skin
    • Jackrabbit mandibles
    • Turtle shell
    • Freshwater shell
    • Red and yellow hematite pigment


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    The bag has been described as a combination of hunter's pouch and a 'medicine bundle'. It contains flake knives and bifaces, hammer stones, sinew, rawhide and antler flaking tools to craft and refurbish weapons. The presence of the jackrabbit mandibles, speculated to be ritual blood-letting instruments, and mescal beans and buckeye seeds lend credence to their important use within their culture.

    What are your thoughts?
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    1. Butch's Avatar
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      Not a point, just trash is what most people thought. Just imagine what was thrown away when these places were pillaged and plundered. Very few land owners saved and preserved much that didn't have value, (at the time). I've been lucky to know a few that did.
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      Even though much of the scientific information is compromised in these private collections, I would bet the techniques of the 30's weren't optimum. Thanks to Texans guarding there land, there are still places unmolested holding treasures and answers.
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