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Field School

Each summer, the Texas Archeological Society (TAS) sponsors an archeological field school to provide training in archeological techniques. During the week-long event, there are many fun activities and learning opportunities for all ages, including excavation techniques, survey methods, a youth program, and special training for newcomers and teachers. Each year, the field school offers a chance to visit a different part of Texas and learn about the early people who lived within that regional environment. Occasionally, the field school will be held two years in the same location. During the week of field school, new friendships are forged, others are renewed, and our collective work makes important contributions to the archeological and historical record.

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Archeology Academies

Texas Archeology Academy provides learning opportunities in archeology for those interested in more in-depth information on archeological goals and procedures. Academies are open to all current TAS members and do not require prior experience. Workshops are intended for inexperienced and experienced avocational and professional archeologists, undergraduate and graduate students, and educators. TAS is a provider of professional development and accredited through SBEC. A number of scholarship opportunities are also available.

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Annual Meeting

Each year since 1929, the Society has held an annual meeting in the fall. The format for the get-together usually includes a public session on Friday evening, research papers on Saturday, a banquet with a nationally prominent speaker, and tours on Sunday.

Annual Meeting 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.

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Board Meetings

The Board of Directors and the Executive Committee meet four times a year to discuss business operations, finances, membership concerns, and other matters of the Society. Members are welcome to attend Board Meetings to learn more about current and future programs.

Current Year Meeting Schedule



TAS Annual Meeting 2023

This year’s Annual Meeting  will be held October 6 - 8, 2023.

This meeting will be held at the Embassy Suites San Marcos Hotel Conference Center

See all the information on event's page here

REGISTRATION OPENS IN JUNE!

Upcoming Events

    • March 08, 2024
    • March 10, 2024
    • Victoria, Texas
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    The Geoarcheology Academy is a two and a half-day Texas Archeological Society (TAS) Academy that explores how geological and soil formation processes affect archeological sites, and how investigators use this information to reconstruct both the human and natural histories of an area. This academy will be offered at Victoria College and the McNeill Family Ranch.

    Following a series of classroom lectures that introduce basic principles, participants will be in the field working in small groups of ~10 with the instructor to discuss open trench profiles that that have been previously analyzed. Participants can expect to learn a soils-geomorphology approach to interpret a landscape, how geoarcheological analysis can be applied to site excavations, as well as gain an understanding of geoarcheological reports and how best to work with the geoarcheologists for your projects.



    • April 27, 2024
    • April 28, 2024
    • Fort Worth, Texas
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    The academy will introduce the importance of archeological ceramics in terms of technology, chronology, dating, trade, subsistence, and cultural identity. Definitions and origins of ceramics technologies, how pottery was decorated, analysis of individual sherds, how pottery is classified or “typed”, and how we interpret these data are aspects of pottery analysis. The Ceramics Academy is back in person and will provide numerous hands-on exercises, including making pots from modern clay, and identifying vessel types, decorative techniques, and firing.


    • June 08, 2024
    • (CDT)
    • June 15, 2024
    • (CDT)
    • Nacogdoches, Texas
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    In 2024, the Texas Archeological Society (TAS) invites all current and future members to attend our annual summer field school in Nacogdoches, Texas. The week-long program offers activities and learning opportunities for all ages and experience levels, including excavation techniques, survey and laboratory methods, and special training for newcomers and teachers. The TAS website contains detailed information about what to expect at field school and specifics about this year’s archeological goals.

    Please note that by registering you are indicating a willingness to sign a legal release for the event. The required legal release is available for your review here.

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