Archeology 101 Academy

Another exciting 2018 TAS Academy is the Archeology 101 Academy. This academy is to be held at San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site, located in the town of San Felipe, Texas. This academy provides background information on the archeology of the state and how to identify archeological sites, both pre-European and historic in nature.  Instructions are provided for accurate site recording that allows archeologists to assess the importance and significance of a site or sites, and contribute to the synthesis of the state’s cultural heritage.           

The course’s primary goals are to provide each participant with the tools necessary to identify, properly record, and assess an archeological site.  The first step in managing archeological resources on private lands is to know the site is there, and learning something about that site.  One site, however, never tells the whole story.  It is the cumulative knowledge of the location of archeological sites in time and space that allow archeologists to piece together the larger puzzle.  A better understanding of the past and better management of our archeological resources comes from knowing the locations of a more sites across a broad area over the past 12,000 years.

Course instructions will include basic knowledge needed 1) to identify archeological sites in various regions across the state; 2) how to properly investigate/document a site; 3) how to complete a standard TexSite survey form; 4) how to perform a test excavations if necessary; 5) how to establish horizontal and vertical controls; 6) what and how much to sample;  7) how to preserve provenience of artifacts recovered; 8) who to properly wash, catalogue, and inventory specimens; 9) how to sort and classify a collection; 10) how to organize the data and write a descriptive report.  Each of these topics will be covered in specific sections of this Academy. Finally, on Sunday (March 11, 2018) participants will have the opportunity to conduct excavations and other field investigations on the historic site of San Felipe de Austin. 

A good reference to field methods in archeology is Field Methods in Archaeology (7th edition), 1997, by Hester, Shafer, and Feder.

The Archeology 101 Academy will be held in the newly developed facilities at San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site.  This will be an excellent opportunity for participants to enjoy the State Historic Site and also nearby Stephen F. Austin State Park for camping, hiking, and biking! 

Lodging options available in nearby Sealy, Texas including hotels, motels, RV parks and camping, and can be found on the Sealy Convention and Visitors Bureau website:

Event Start Date
Friday, March 9, 2018 - 00:00
Event End Date
Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 00:00
Registration Start Date
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 12:00
Registration End Date
Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 00:00

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