TAS Field School
year the Texas Archeological Society sponsors an archeological excavation to
provide training in disciplined archeological techniques.
field school is designed to last eight days and each year is located in
different areas of the state. People young and old attend the annual event and
take advantage of the many activities and learning
opportunities available. Come along and learn more about the TAS Field School.
year a small city of tents and tent trailers as well as RVs arrive at a
location established as the base camp for the week. Some choose not to
camp and stay in local motels. The main focus for the week is to
participate in an archeological excavation
by trained professionals. Participants may choose to work on-site in an
active excavation to learn proper procedures and documentation. Others
choose to go on survey to learn how to locate and record historical and
prehistorical sites. Still others prefer the less strenuous activities
of cleaning and recording artifacts in the laboratory. The workday is
from 7:00 A.M to 1:00 P.M. When lunchtime rolls around the workday is
afternoon and evening is free time for the participants to rest, enjoy
activities offered in the local area, participate in educational
workshops and programs or just socialize with friends.
Programs aimed at instructional topics such as flint knapping, or making
pottery are scheduled after the evening meal. These are followed
by an evening program that focuses on the archeology, history of the
area or topics of local interest to the membership.
The TAS Field School is truly a
family affair. In addition
to adult programs an active youth program is available. The Society also
provides a kitchen trailer and cooks to prepare the breakfast and
evening meals for those who want to avoid the hassle of cooking. For
more information be sure and browse the sections on Past Field Schools
and Kids Field School.
for the summer field school will allow you to receive instructing you on
equipment to bring and additional information. You may also contact the
TAS Office or the
Field School Chairman with specific questions.
Field School scholarships are available from the Multicultural Program. See background about these scholarships
here. Information specific to the Diversity Program Scholarships, overseen by the Diversity Program Subcommittee, may be found
here. Information specific to the Collegiate Scholarships, overseen by the Collegiate Scholarship Subcommittee, may be found
here. PDF and online versions of the application forms are available on the website.
Native American Field School Scholarships: the TAS has been offering scholarships to support Native Americans who attend the TAS Field School since 2003. Rather than asking for applications, the Multicultural Program’s Native American Field School Scholarship Subcommittee solicits recipients from appropriate Native American groups to attend each Field School. For details on this initiative, see this