March 9-10, 2018

Museum of the Red River

Idabel, Oklahoma


Archeologists from the Hicks & Company/Deep East Texas Archeological Consultants team, recently co-authored a paper presented at the 60th Annual Caddo Conference in March 2018. Their presentation detailed recent excavations at the Honey Locus Site (41SM476) located in Smith County, Texas, a prehistoric archeological site that was likely occupied intermittently for several millennia with the most intense occupations spanning from the Late Woodland Period through the Caddo Period. Analysis of features and artifacts found at the site will provide new data on Late Woodland and Caddo occupation of the Upper Sabine Drainage Area, an understudied region of Texas.

The two-day conference included a welcome reception at the Museum of the Red River, the largest cultural institution within a 150-mile radius, which preserves and celebrates the world’s artistic heritage, while emphasizing the contributions made by native American groups. The conference marked the first occasion that the conference was held in the Oklahoma portion of the Caddo homeland. The Caddo Cultural Club demonstrated two ceremonial dances for attendees.

The purpose of the Caddo Conference Organization is:

  • to promote and to stimulate interest in the archeology, history, and ethnology of the Caddo archeological region (southwestern Arkansas, northwestern Louisiana, southeastern Oklahoma, and northeastern Texas) and adjacent areas
  • to enhance communication among people (researchers, Caddo Nation of Oklahoma members, others) interested in furthering knowledge of the archeology, history, and ethnology of the Caddo Area
  • to convey this knowledge to the public at large
  • to publish and to encourage publication
  • to advocate for, and assist in, the preservation and conservation of archeological data and resources relating to Caddo Area studies or sacred to the Caddo people.

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