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PAST Posts

Announcing the introductory post of PAST Posts, a blog for our new PAST Program: Public Archaeology Serving Texas. This blog will highlight the activities of our public outreach program as well as news about on-going research and up-to-date information about Texas archaeology.

Our PAST (Public Archaeology Serving Texas) Program is a dynamic public outreach program that aims to involve Texans in the archaeological work we conduct and raise awareness of our state’s rich cultural and natural heritage. The PAST Program is first and foremost committed to providing the public access to the archaeology of the Spring Lake site on the Texas State University campus, specifically we aim to show how archaeology is completed and the importance of archaeology in understanding the past lifeways around Spring Lake. In order to foster appreciation of, respect for, and increase a vested interest in the irreplaceable heritage present at Spring Lake and around Texas, the PAST Program uses a holistic approach, offering a suite of public outreach activities that appeal to a diverse audience.

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PAST Posts

Public Archaeology Serving Texas, Center for Archaeological Studies, Texas State University

Spring Lake, Part 1: An Introduction to Spring Lake Prehistory

September 22, 2014 8:00AM
Spring Lake is an artificial lake located in south-central Hays County at the base of the Balcones Escarpment, which marks the boundary between the Edwards Plateau (Hill Country) and the Blackland Prairie. The lake is fed by a large artesian … Read more

A Visit to the Canyonlands

In May, our collections manager, Amy, visited the crew from the Ancient Southwest Texas Project. Afterwards, she submitted a guest post to their blog with a few thoughts about her visit, and about how the project is handling their responsibility towards the curation of their materials and data.

Anticipating and Respecting Curation

More information about the Ancient Southwest Texas Project, run by Dr. Steve Black, is available on their blog.


Ancient Southwest Texas Project



In January 2000, the Center for Archaeological Studies (CAS) was established by Dr. Britt Bousman as a research center within the Department of Anthropology at Texas State University. Since its commencement, CAS has grown through compliance-based cultural resouce management and academic research projects. Additionally, in 2008 CAS became certified by the State of Texas as an Archaeological Curation Facility. CAS is also home to one of the most extensive and growing libraries pertaining to Texas archaeology.

This Web site informs visitors about CAS's role in cultural resource management, Texas archaeology, and ongoing research abroad; introduces CAS's supporting cast; and shares information. For more information, feel free to contact us.


CAS UPDATES . . . CAS is now accepting artifact collections, including Held-In-Trust Collections, for curation. Please contact us for policies and additional information.