South Texas and northeastern Mexico was home to a small group of Native Americans classed as hunter-gatherers for more than 8,000 years. These peoples left tools in areas such as Starr County and Sal del Rey, a salt lake located north of Edinburg. Brandi Reger, a student at the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley, will present her current findings about their usage of stone tools during the Sunday Speaker Series presentation, “What Can We Learn about the Prehistoric Peoples of South Texas from their Stone Tools?” on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m. at the Museum of South Texas History.

Reger’s presentation will be based on research conducted on chipped stone artifacts from collections of the Museum of South Texas History and Rio Grande Valley collectors. She became interested in how native peoples survived on the limited resources from water and stones in the region. How did the native peoples know that a stone would be a good tool for hunting food? How did they realize that stone tools could provide the necessary resources to survive in a subtropical area? Reger will pose and attempt to answer these questions in her presentation.

After ten years working as a Computer Aided Design technician creating computer programs, Reger decided to follow her dreams to become an archaeologist. Currently, she is a student at the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

Sunday Speaker Series is included in the fee for regular museum admission. FRIENDS of the MOSTHistory are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDship and must show their FRIENDship card upon entrance.