Treasures of the Texas Coast

Early eighteenth century graveside scene at Mitchell Ridge by artist Frank Weir.

The new Texas Beyond History exhibit “Native and Early Historic Peoples of the Texas Coastal Prairies and Marshes,” the fourth Texas region covered in the Web site’s “Prehistoric Texas” series, offers amazing  artifacts, interactive graphics, historic photos, and maps, many of which have not been seen by the public, but are now available through interactive galleries such as the Fort St. Louis collection “Traces of French, Spanish and Native Lives.” 

Many of the artifacts featured are from the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory (TARL) collection. Other new online exhibits feature prehistoric coastal cemeteries with unusual grave offerings, shipwrecks and native fishing camps.