In the 1960s, the development of Jamaica Beach led to discovery of American Indian burial pits and other cultural artifacts. By the 1970’s, additional sites had been recorded. Various levels of investigation were carried out thru 1978, though many of results were unfortunately lost from the now defunct Galveston Museum.
Further development — that of Pirates Beach — led to more formal excavations at Mitchell Ridge. Burial pits, the remains of hearths and huts, and other pits were investigated.
As recently as 2013, Ruth Mathews of Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) — she is the Region 4 Cultural Resources coordinator — was conducting excavations within the Park. Ruth tells us she will send us a summary of her report when it is published. Stay tuned!