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Save the Dates for two great Academy sessions: Archeology 101 March 27-29 in Columbus with field work on Tait property and Historical Archeology May 2-3 in Nacogdoches at the Nacogdoches County Annex.

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Archeology 101

Please click the following link for a video from the 2015 Archeology 101 Academy held in Columbus.  This video provides a great introduction to some of the activities and experience that participants can look forward to with TAS Academies.

Video excerpts from the Archeology 101 class taken by Phil Stranahan.

Registration Deadline for Archeology 101 is passed.

Map to Archeology 101 Class
Saint Anthony's Private School
635 Bonham Street
Columbus, TX 78934

Archeology 101 provides an introductory course about archeology.  It will begin on Friday, March 27, 5 – 8:30 PM (light refreshments); continue on Saturday 9 AM – 4 PM (includes lunch) and go to the field on Sunday 8:30 AM – 3 PM.  This Academy will introduce basic archeological procedures.  Instruction will include identifying archeological sites, mapping remains, analyzing evidence, reporting finds, and protecting our heritage.  The class sessions will be taught by Dr. Jon Lohse and held at St. Anthony's Catholic School.  Field work on the Tait property will be supervised by Dr. Jason Barrett assisted by HAS and BAS.  We also will visit with Rita Tait Jackson about the archeological collection from family properties.  Previous participants in Archeology 101 responded: "what I learned - how archeology works, how artifacts tell a story, and the importance of mapping."  They also explained: "what I liked - it was easy: step by step, the wealth of information, quality of manual and presentation, and nice people."

Here is a draft agenda (PDF) of Archeology 101 activities.  A final agenda will be sent to those who register along with the curriculum manual two weeks prior to the session.

To help participants find a place to stay during the Archeology 101 Academy, here is a list of some motels, bed & breakfast facilities, and an RV park.

There is useful supplemental information on accommodations and points of interest that may be found in the 2015 TAS Field School webpages.  Since the 2015 Field School will again be held in the Columbus area, as it was in 2014, it has information that overlaps with that for the Archeology 101 Academy.  Camping Information and Local Information drop downs located on the 2015 TAS Field School General Camp and Field menu offer this information, though the data about the Field School campgrounds will not be germane to Academy participants.

The historic Tait house in Columbus. TAS Youth Group works on the Tait property during the 2014 TAS Field School. An Academy breakout session working on ceramics.
The historic Tait house in Columbus. TAS Youth Group works on the Tait property during the 2014 TAS Field School. An Academy breakout session working on ceramics.

Historical Archeology

2015 Historical Archeology Agenda

Registration Deadline for Historical Archeology IS PASSED!

Map to Historical Archeology Class
Nacogdoches County Annex
1507 North Street
Nacogdoches, TX 75765

In 2009 the Texas Archeological Society hosted its first Historical Archeology academy in Brazoria County, offering a look at the amazing variety and extent of historical archeology in southeast Texas.  TAS continues the quest by hosting a second Historical Archeology academy based in Nacogdoches on Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3, 2015.  Dr. George Avery, well known in the Nacogdoches area for his extensive experience investigating historic resources along the El Camino Real de los Tejas in and around the Nacogdoches area including Mission Dolores, has developed the curriculum and will be the lead instructor for the academy.  Local historian and Texas Historical Commission Archeological Steward Dr. Tom Middlebrook will provide instruction on Urban Archeology, Spanish Colonial archeology, and local historic sites.  Local historian Dr. Morris Jackson will provide instruction on seriation, Spanish Colonial archeology, and local historic archeological sites.  Professor of history at SFA Dr. David Rex Galindo and historic metal artifact expert Mr. Jay Blaine will provide instruction on historic artifact identification and analysis along with colonial archeology.  The curriculum will define Historical Archeology and address the many historical sites found in Texas.  Historical research, artifact analysis, urban archeology, Spanish Colonial archeology, and seriation will be part of the agenda.  A field trip to historic sites in Nacogdoches near the El Camino Real de los Tejas will offer participants the opportunity to see what can be learned from the Historical Archeology of Texas.

Academy participants review their course handbooks during a classroom setting. Nacogdoches County Annex, location of the 2015 Historical Archeology Academy
Academy participants review their course handbooks during a classroom setting. Nacogdoches County Annex, location of the 2015 Historical Archeology Academy

Registration Information

Registration includes two or three-days of instruction, a digital manual, and lunch and snacks on each full day.  A certificate of participation will be awarded to attendees.  Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit is available for teachers as approved by the Texas State Board of Education.

TAS member 2015 $ 100.00
Non-member 2015 (includes Student membership) $ 140.00
Non-member 2015 (includes Individual membership) $ 160.00
Non-member 2015 (includes Family membership) $ 170.00
 
If more than one family member is attending, one pays the above Non-member Family fee, other family members register at the TAS member 2015 rate.
 

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