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2022 Geoarcheology 201 Academy

2022 Geoarcheology 201 Academy in Victoria

In partnership with the Coastal Bend Archeological Logistics Team, the Museum of the Coastal Bend, Victoria College, and the McNeill Family Ranch


The advanced Geoarcheology 201 Academy is a two-day Texas Archeology 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 twice at Victoria College and the McNeill Family Ranch: the first session on March 4-5, 2022 (session FULL) and the second session on March 6-7, 2022 (session FULL).

After a brief classroom section, participants will work in small groups of 5-6 with an individual instructor across open trench profiles previously analyzed, documented, and interpreted by the geoarcheologists. Participants will analyze and describe soils in the field, and then compare with the geoarcheological descriptions and analysis performed by the instructors. Learn a better soils-geomorphology approach to interpret a landscape and a comprehension of geoarch reports and how best to work with the geoarchs for your projects.

This is the first advanced Academy TAS is offering, building upon the normal Geoarcheology Academy last held in 2020. The instructors are all experienced geoarcheologists. Dr. Charles Frederick taught for several years at the University of Sheffield, England, and is now a consulting geoarcheologist. Karl Kibler is a consulting geoarcheologist with Cross Timbers Geoarcheological Services in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Mr. Ken Lawrence is a consulting geoarcheologist with SWCA Environmental Consulting, Inc in Austin. Dr. Brittney Gregory and Dr. Jim Abbott are geoarcheologists with the Texas Department of Transportation. And Dr. Gus Costa is a consulting geoarcheologist out of Houston.

The registration fee ($250) plus TAS membership is for two days instruction with refreshments and lunch; it includes a digital manual. 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 Certification (SBEC). No previous archeological experience is needed to enjoy these sessions.

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Victoria College is located at 2200 E Red River St, Victoria, Texas 77901. (361) 573-3291. 

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