Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll: Digging Hippie Archaeology in the Lone Star State

Author(s): Jacob R. Edwards; Tamra Walter

Year: 2013


In 2012, Texas Tech University conducted archaeological excavations at Peaceable Kingdom Farm, in Washington, Texas.  The 300-acre property was part of land owned in 1824 by one of Stephen F. Austin’s 300 original colonists, William S. Brown. Later the property was sold to John D. McAdoo, a Texas Supreme Court justice who operated a plantation here in the 1850s. After emancipation, tenant farmers occupied the property and in the 1960s and 70s the property served as a Hippie colony known as Peaceable Kingdom. A large cistern near the original plantation house was excavated during our investigations. The majority of material removed from the feature came from the Hippie era and reflects commune life and other unique aspects of the counter-culture movement that swept across the U.S. in the 1960s. This poster will discuss the findings in the cistern and address the potential information gleaned from this unique feature.

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Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll: Digging Hippie Archaeology in the Lone Star State. Jacob R. Edwards, Tamra Walter. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428558)

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Temporal Keywords
20th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 269