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Mission and Vision

The Center for Archaeological Studies (CAS) is a research center within the Department of Anthropology at Texas State University. CAS’s primary goal is to provide training and research opportunities to Texas State University students who wish to pursue a career in applied anthropology. With this goal in mind, CAS is committed to the following:

  • promoting archaeological and anthropological research in the New and Old Worlds;
  • providing student training in the fields of cultural resource management and archaeological research;
  • conducting archaeological investigations for federal, state, and local governments as well as priate entities as required by law;
  • assisting int he management of archaeological sites associated witht he Meadows Center at Spring Lake and other sites on Texas State University's campus;
  • serving as a Texas Historical Commission-certified curatorial repository for State-associated Held-in-Trust (HIT) collections as well as departmental, non-HIT, and gifted collections;
  • and, supporting public education through a better understanding of anthropology, including archaeology, in addition to history and the preservation of cultural resources.

Mailing Address:

Center for Archaeological Studies
Texas State University
Trinity 120
601 University Drive
San Marcos, Texas 78666




Trinity Building Map

The Trinity Building is located on Pleasant Street, on the Texas State University campus.  The image above is the location of the Center for Archaeological Studies, highlighted in red, in relation to IH-35 and San Marcos, Texas.


Take Exit 206 (Aquarena Springs Drive) and turn west onto Aquarena Springs. If you are traveling south (from Austin), turn right. If you are traveling north (from San Antonio), turn left.

Continue on Aquarena Springs until the Sessoms/University intersection. Turn right onto Sessoms Dr.

Turn left onto N. LBJ. Proceed to the entrance gate.

Turn left onto Pleasant Street.

The Trinity Building is the 3rd building on the left. CAS is located at the far end of the alley between the Trinity and Pecos Buildings.


Parking on the Texas State University campus is often at a premium. With at least 24 hour notice, CAS can make arrangements for a parking pass for visitors entering through the N. LBJ Dr. entrance. Otherwise, paid parking is available in the Pleasant Street Garage, located at the corner of N. LBJ Dr. and Pleasant Street.