2017 TAS Field School

This year, the Texas Archeological Society (TAS) invites members to attend the annual summer Field School at Mission San Lorenzo de la Cruz in beautiful Real County.  We have been welcomed with open arms by the communities of Camp Wood and Barksdale and the Nueces Canyon Mission Restoration Organization. The primary Field School excavation area will at the Spanish Mission in Camp Wood on Texas State Highway 55, 40 miles north of Uvalde. Barksdale and the TAS campground are only three miles north the mission.  The dates for the 2017 Field School will be June 10-17.  We hope for a really big turn out this year!.

The field school campground will be in Barksdale, south of the Nueces Canyon High School.  Our camp area is on the north bank of the Nueces River in a lovely location on private land generously provided for our use. The river adjacent to our campsite runs cool and clear so bring your swim suit, fishing pole, and lawn chairs to relax in the shallow water.

The primary subject of this year’s field school will include excavation at Spanish Colonial Mission San Lorenzo de la Santa Cruz.  Dr. Tamra Walter, from Texas Tech University (TTU), will be our Principal Investigator and we will be working a small group of students and researchers from TTU.  See below for more information about this year’s mission investigation and the history of Mission San Lorenzo provided by Dr. Walter.

When you arrive Friday to set up your camp on the Nueces River or check into your hotel, RV camp or Bed and Breakfast, come to the registration area to sign in and receive your name tag, crew assignments, other information.  The registration desk will be located in the campground or at the Mary B. Powers dining hall in Barksdale across from the Nueces Canyon Consolidated Elementary/Middle School just north of camp.   See below for more information about this year’s campground.

The Nueces Canyon area of the Texas Hill Country is a year-round destination centered on the Nueces River, one of Texas’ clearest streams.  The area is rich in history and there will be no shortage of extra-curricular activities including fly-fishing, swimming holes, and exploration of the scenic Three Sisters hundred-mile loop. 

Additional Information

We've set up a number of pages for additional information about Field School.  Check out the tabs below for information on:

  • Field School Activities
  • Recommended Readings
  • The 2017 Campground
  • Nearby Lodging
  • Dining Options

Field School shirts are also available to purchase in all sizes.


The registration form is available below or as a printable pdf.  Students are encouraged to sign up for any number of days they'd like to attend.  It's not necessary to sign up for the full 10 days of the event, though everyone is welcome!

NOTE: The registration form below has been updated to allow for the registration of multiple family members. If you need to add an additional family member to an existing Field School Registration, please call the TAS Office at 512-245-1696. 

Please download the Attendance Agreement found at the bottom of this page and bring a completed copy to the event. 

Event Start Date
Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 00:00
Event End Date
Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 20:00
Registration Start Date
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 00:00
Registration End Date
Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 23:59

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