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Small Fragments Paint a Big Picture in Spring Lake Data Recovery Faunal Analysis

By Christopher Jurgens, Ph.D. The Center for Archaeological Studies (CAS) 2014 excavations at the Spring Lake Site (41HY160) recovered more than 6,000 fragments of animal bone. Detailed analysis of the bone, often termed faunal analysis, began in the summer of … Continue reading →

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 →

CAS in the News

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded Texas State’s Integrated Natural and Cultural Resources Team (INCRT), led by Dr. Todd Ahlman, with several task orders totaling $1.75 million.  Read this News From the Hill posting for more information. 

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