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Surveying the Landscape: Surface Surveys as an Archaeological Technique

By Caitlin Gulihur While what happens during and after excavations of archaeological sites are popular subjects of previous PAST posts, this post deals with a different type of archaeological work – the survey. Surveys are useful for both finding unrecorded … Continue reading →

A behind the scenes look at the Spring Lake Data Recovery Analysis

By Amy Reid Lab tables cluttered with artifacts, scales, digital calipers, coffee cups, Excel spreadsheets and to-do lists that seem to get longer-not shorter. The analysis phase of an archaeological project can look more like chaos than science, but in … Continue reading →

Progress Report on the Shiner Collection Rehabilitation

By Patricia Christmas The big project this semester at CAS has been the rehabilitation of the Shiner Collection. The funding for this project is provided by a generous Preservation Trust Fund grant from the Texas Historical Commission and work is … Continue reading →

CAS in the News

Sifting for the past before building the future, Houston Chronicle, January 17, 2015.

CAS Events

In October 2015, CAS archaeologists Todd Ahlman, Patricia Christmas and Amy Reid visited St. Paul's for a public outreach event where students learned how to excavate, screen, survey, collect GPS data, and interpret archaeological sites. For more images of this event and others, see our PAST Program Events page