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Cover of report Prehistory of the Rustler Hills
Prehistory of the Rustler Hills (University of Texas Press, 2001) provides an in-depth look at work at Granado Cave and an overview of regional prehistory.
photo of Donny Hamilton
Author and site investigator Donny Hamilton

The Granado Cave exhibit was written and created by Donny L. Hamilton with the assistance of TBH editors Steve Black and Susan Dial. Most photographs shown in the exhibit, unless otherwise noted, were taken by Hamilton.

A native of Pecos, Texas, Hamilton earned his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975. He has been a faculty member at Texas A&M University since 1978. Today Dr. Hamilton is head of the Nautical Archaeology Program, director of the Conservation Research Laboratory, and professor of anthropology. Specializing in underwater archeology, artifact restoration and conservation, American historic and prehistoric archeology, Hamilton's past and present research has included the conservation of artifacts recovered from the shipwreck of the 1554 Spanish Fleet, excavated off the coast of Padre Island in the Gulf of Mexico; the excavation and conservation of the material from the sunken, 17th-century English town of Port Royal in Jamaica; the conservation of artifacts recovered from La Salle's shipwreck, La Belle. A complete account of Hamilton's Granado Cave research is available from the University of Texas Press.

The Granado Cave project was funded by the Texas Historical Commission and the Texas Historical Foundation; additional funding was provided by J.O. Hayhurst. The discoverer of the cave, Frank Granado of Pecos, Texas, loaned artifacts recovered from the caves for analysis. The late Shelby Brooks, on whose property the cave was located, gave permission for the excavations. The 1978 fieldwork was undertaken by Donny Hamilton with the assistance of Charles E. Locke, Ray Kenmotsu, Michael Mallouf and Margaret L. Kluge.

Selected References

Bratten, John R.
1992 The Analysis of Human Coprolites from Granado Cave, Culberson County, Texas. Manuscript on file, Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University, College Station.

Hamilton, Donny L.
2001 Prehistory of the Rustler Hills: Granado Cave. University of Texas Press, Austin. With contributions by
John R. Bratten, David L. Carlson, John E. Dockall, Cristi Assad Hunter and Harry J. Shafer.

Jackson, A.T.
1937 Exploration of Certain Sites in Culberson County, Texas. Bulletin of the Texas Archaeological and Paleontological Society 9: 146-192.

1938 Picture-Writing of the Texas Indians. Bureau of Research in the Social Sciences Study 27, University of Texas Publication 3809, Austin.

Newcomb, W.W., Jr.
1961 The Indians of Texas: from Prehistoric to Modern Times. University of Texas Press, Austin.

Sayles, E.B.
1935 An Archaeological Survey of Texas. Medallion Papers 17. Gila Pueblo, Globe, Arizona

1936 Some Southwestern Pottery Types. Medallion Papers 21. Gila Pueblo, Globe, Arizona

1941 Infant Burial in Carrying Basket. Bulletin of the Texas Archaeological and Paleontological Society 13: 77-87.

Shafer, Harry J.
1986 Ancient Texans: Rock Art and Lifeways along the Lower Pecos. Texas Monthly Press, Austin.

Skinner, S. Alan, Herbert Haas, and Susan L. Wilson
1980 The ELCOR Burial Cave: An Example of Public Archaeology in West Texas. Plains Anthropologist 25(87). Lincoln, Nebraska.

Stock, J.A.
1983 The Prehistoric Diet of Hinds Cave (41W456), Val Verde County, Texas: The Coprolite Evidence. Unpublished M.A. thesis, Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University, College Station.

Tanner, Robert William
1949 The Caldwell Ranch Sites: A Distinctive Culture Complex in the Northeastern Trans-Pecos. Unpublished M.A. thesis, Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin.

Turner, Ellen Sue, and Thomas R. Hester
1993 A Field Guide to Stone Artifacts of Texas Indians. Gulf Publishing, Houston, Texas.

Ward, Christine Gray
1992 Shelby Brooks Cave:The Archaeology of a Dry Cave in the the Texas Trans-Pecos. Unpublished M.A. thesis, Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin.