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Dr. Todd M. Ahlman is the Director of the Center for Archaeological Studies. He is an anthropological archaeologist who has over 25 years of experience working on cultural resource management projects across the United States and Caribbean. His project experience includes managing projects in Texas as well as the Northwestern, Plains, Midwestern and Southeastern United States. His experience includes historic and prehistoric archaeological survey, evaluation, and data recovery, laboratory analyses of prehistoric and historical artifacts, as well as preparation of professional reports and project supervision. Dr. Ahlman has held entry-level to senior management positions in the public and private sectors, and understands the processes of project management and implementation for compliance and research archaeological projects. As CAS Director he manages compliance-related projects for the City of San Marcos, local governments, and private developers. The involvement of students and recent graduates on these projects helps prepare them for successful careers in the public and private sectors.
Dr. Ahlman’s current research interests include leading a multi-national, multi-disciplinary team that is studying the production and trade of pottery by enslaved and freed Africans in the Caribbean through Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA). This research is the first to study pottery from multiple Caribbean islands in order to understand internal and external markets. His interests in the application of GIS to anthropological questions include landscape analyses and predictive modeling for the occurrence of archaeological sites.
Amy Reid is an Archaeologist for the Center for Archaeological Studies at Texas State University-San Marcos. She has conducted cultural resource investigations in Central, South and Coastal Texas. Prior to working in Texas, Amy participated in and supervised Archaeological investigations in Belize, CA where her research was focused on Prehispanic music and ceramic instruments in the archaeological record. At CAS, Amy has served as a Project Archaeologist on various investigations around Hays County, including data recovery at Site 41HY160, a multicomponent site adjacent to Spring Lake in San Marcos, TX. Amy also serves as Principal Investigator for CAS’s annual permit issued by the THC authorizing CAS to conduct archaeological investigation on property owned by Texas State University. During her time at CAS, Amy has conducted various artifact analyses and contributed to the center’s growing list of publications. In addition to her field experience, Amy has supervised lab work and managed CAS’s curation program. As the collections manager at CAS, Amy supervises the processing of new collections submitted for curation as well as manages the organization, maintenance and reporting of curated collections. Amy enjoys training CAS personnel in proper curation procedures and methods, and finding ways to help Archaeologists prioritize curation in their own projects. Amy has helped to incorporate a public outreach function within CAS’s curation program and strives to bring value to the collections curated at CAS through providing access for research, guiding tours of the facility, public presentations, as well as creating virtual and museum exhibits. Amy also teaches a curation course for the Anthropology department at Texas State University.
Patricia earned her MA degree from Texas State University in December 2011. Her primary research focus has been the study of Formative Period Mesoamerican and prehistoric North American iconography. Her interests include the history and archaeology of nineteenth century San Marcos, and issues surrounding public archaeology and access. Patricia is the Archivist for the collections housed in the CAS curation facility, Lab Manager, Librarian, Volunteer Coordinator, Social Media Coordinator, and Web Mistress. Occasionally, she's allowed out of the office to do archaeology, too.
As Grants Assistant, Joy Schneider-Cowan provides grant and contract support for the Center of Archaeological Studies. She is a 2007 graduate of Texas State University, with a Masters in Public Administration. Her professional background includes work in purchasing at the Texas Department of Transportation as well as grant administration at Austin Community College and the Texas Historical Commission.
Jacob Hooge is a project archaeologist at the Center for Archaeological Studies. He completed an MA in anthropology with a focus on geoarchaeology at Texas State University in 2013. For his thesis research, Jacob conducted an underwater core sampling survey of sediments on the bottom of Spring Lake in San Marcos, Texas. While working on his MA, Jacob also worked for two seasons on the Lost Ships of Henry Morgan Project in Panamá. Jacob now conducts and supervises archaeological work in the field including monitoring, survey, and excavation on various projects for Texas State University, the City of San Marcos, and private developers. Jacob continues to maintain a deep interest in the history and prehistory of San Marcos and Central Texas and has been very excited to work on data recovery at Spring Lake among other local projects.