Lithic Workshop exposes secrets of prehistoric man

Date of release: 11/04/03

SAN MARCOS —Prehistoric man was a master of crafting stone into tools to aid his survival, and those secrets behind the ancient art of flintknapping will be revealed at the 4th Annual Lithic Technology Workshop.

Sponsored by the Texas State University-San Marcos Department of Anthropology and Center for Archaeological Studies, veteran flintknapper Allen Bettis will lead the two-day workshop Nov. 8-9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

An alumnus of the respected Crabtree-Flenniken Flintknapping Field School, Bettis will teach workshop participants how prehistoric Indians made chipped stone tools, give hands-on experience in replicating stone tools and help develop skills in lithic analysis. Designed for both novice and experienced students in the field, all participants will come away with a greater knowledge and understanding of Texas prehistory.

Participation is limited to 25 students, with a $40 registration fee. For more information, call (512) 245-8272 or email