2020 TAS Archeology 101 Academy at San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site

Offered in partnership with the Houston Archeological Society, and the Texas Historical Commission


Location: San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site, 220 2nd St, San Felipe, Texas 77473. (979) 885-2181.

Course Description and Details

The 2020 Archeology 101 Academy is a Texas Archeology Academy that introduces the field of archeology and provides each participant with the tools to identify, assess, and record an archeological site. This Academy will include instruction, laboratory exercises, and a day of field excavations. Topics of instruction will include identifying archeological sites, mapping visible remains, analyzing evidence, reporting finds, and protecting our heritage from destruction.

The Academy will be held in the museum at San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site and the Sunday dig will be held on a significant part of the San Felipe de Austin site. This will be an excellent opportunity for participants to enjoy the State Historic Site, and the nearby Stephen F. Austin State Park for camping, hiking, and biking. Lodging may also be found in Sealy or Columbus.


Classroom hands-on activity instruction by Dr. Jon Lohse will begin Friday evening and run through Saturday. Dr. Jon Lohse is an experienced archeologist and researcher, and is now a consulting archeologist. On Sunday all participants will participate in an excavation at San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site, a very significant site in Texas history, to learn excavation techniques from experienced crew chiefs. Dr. Sarah Chesney, archeologist at the San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site will be the Principal Investigator for Sunday’s excavations.


Registration for the 2020 TAS Archeology 101 Academy starts October 13, 2019.  Check back here for updates.


Registration for this 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.


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