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Texas Archeological Society (TAS)

The Texas Archeological Society (TAS) offers a wide range of opportunities for those interested in Texas heritage. The mission of the Society is to promote study, preservation and awareness of Texas archeology. A recent strategic plan calls for the Society to create training opportunities for students, enhance and expand programs, increase and diversify membership, inform the community of their archeological heritage and cultivate and preserve resources. The membership generally numbers around 1400.

The Society calendar begins in October with the Annual Meeting, an event that has taken place since 1929. Archeologists, professional and avocational, get together to share information in research sessions and to hear from nationally renowned luncheon and banquet speakers. Friday is a popular evening for the public forum with high profile speakers and artifact identification. Meetings will be held in Lubbock (08) and Del Rio (09).

Each spring TAS offers sessions of the Texas Archeology Academy. Topics in this series of workshops include Archeology 101 (including a field day), Ceramics: The Stories Pottery Tells, Lithics: Reading Stone Tools, Historic Archeology and Rock Art of Texas. Each Academy features power point presentations, a manual and hands-on activities to reinforce concepts presented. In 2009 sessions will be held in Georgetown, Study Butte, and Lake Jackson. Surveys at the close of sessions reveal that participants greatly value the information imparted during the workshop and the camaraderie of fellow students.

The summer brings a field school that offers an opportunity for folks to contribute to research about Texas archeology. The principal investigator is supported by staff and experienced volunteers. Usually around 300 people participate. Newcomers appreciate an orientation session before joining crews in the field. Survey and lab sessions provide other venues for people who want to learn more about the archeological process. The field school in 2009 will be in the Panhandle near Perryton. We offer scholarships to college students and Native Americans. A youth program instructs around 60 students each year.

Publications of the Society include a journal, the Bulletin of the TAS, a quarterly newsletter and two web sites. www.txarch.org  is the organizational web site that relates current programs and opportunities. The other web site is www.texasbeyondhistory.net , a venue that offers information in the form of multi-level exhibits. TAS has been a supporting partner of Texas Beyond History since its inception.

For more information about TAS see www.txarch.org  or call 800 377-7240.

          

 

 

 

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