TAS 2020 Geoarcheology Academy at Victoria College

Dates: February 15-16, 2020

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

Description and Details

Recognizing and Evaluating the Archeological Potential of the Landscape: An Introduction to Geoarcheology 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. 

Learning to record and interpret soil profiles can illuminate both how a site was used by people and how people responded to changes in the natural environment. This Academy will include instruction, laboratory exercises, and field trips.


Both presenters are 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.

Additional Activities

John W. Stormont Lecture: Burnt Clay–Insights Into Texas’ Prehistoric People

Presented by Charles Frederick, Ph.D

Friday, February 14, 5:30 p.m. at the Museum of the Coastal Bend, Victoria College

Burnt clay is one of the more common prehistoric artifacts found along the coast and in south Texas. Frederick discusses two recent investigations of sites with burnt clay – one site with an unusual cooking feature, and another with a prehistoric pit house and an individual that appears to have met an untimely end. Discover how these investigations have led to new thoughts about Texas’ prehistoric people. Charles Frederick, Ph.D., is a research Fellow in the Department of Geography and the Environment at the University of Texas, Adjunct Graduate Faculty in the Department of Anthropology at Texas State University, and a consulting geoarchaeologist.

The lecture will be immediately followed by a reception for lecture attendees and participants in the Texas Archaeology Society Geoarchaeology Academy.

Free admission and open to the public.


Registration for the 2020 TAS Geoarcheology Academy starts October 13, 2019.  Check back here for updates.


Registration for the academy is open to TAS members.  The registration fee for this academy is $100 and includes two days instruction with refreshments and lunch.  Participants will also receive a digital course 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.

Cancellations after the deadline are non-refundable. Cancellation vacancies will be filled from a waiting list.



For information about scholarship opportunities click here.

To book a room for this academy in the TAS Room Block at Fairfield Inn & Suites, Victoria click here.



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