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The Center for Archaeological Studies employs a small group of people and is helped by a revolving cast of volunteers and student workers. We love hearing from you! Whether you are a student looking for information about careers in Texas Archaeology, or a CRM client, feel free to contact us with any questions.

CAS Director, Dr. Todd Ahlman

Todd M. Ahlman, Ph.D.


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 and directing field and laboratory 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; 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 the prehistoric archaeology of Spring Lake and the historical archaeology of the Caribbean. Dr. Ahlman is the principal investigator of the on-going archaeological research at Spring Lake, specifically the off-site data recovery project at 41HY160 that is funded by the City of San Marcos. In the Caribbean Dr. Ahlman has worked on St. Kitts for the past 20 years and is seeking funding to begin a project on the island of St. Eustatius, Dutch Caribbean.

Amy Benton

Amy E. Reid, M.A.


Amy Reid is the Curator for the Center for Archaeological Studies at Texas State University-San Marcos. She has a background in Archaeology and Cultural Resource Management (CRM) in Central, South and Coastal Texas. Prior to working in Texas, Amy participated in and supervised Archaeological investigations in Belize, where her graduate 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 investigations 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 Curator at CAS, Amy is responsible for overall administration of CAS's Curation Services Program. In addition to the day-to-day care of collections, she conducts archaeological research and writes grant applications for research, collections care, and public outreach. Amy supervises the processing of new collections submitted for curation and 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.

Joy Schneider-Cowan

Joy Schneider-Cowan

Grants Assistant

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

Jacob Hooge, M.A.

Project Archaeologist

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 is always excited to work on the unexplored spaces in the area.

Maximilian Hall

Maximilian Hall

Curatorial Assistant

Maximilian Hall is the Curatorial Assistant at the Center for Archaeological Studies. In 2017, he completed his MA in Public History with an emphasis on collections management at Texas State University. For his focus, Max conducted internships with the Texas Historical Commission and the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin. While working on his MA, Maximilian worked for the Texas State University Archive transcribing oral history interviews in collaboration with the Center for Texas Public History. Maximilian now supports the CAS curation program with collections upkeep and contract processing for state, federal, and private archeological projects. Maximilian continues to expand his interest in historic preservation through independent studies, participating in cultural resource management projects, and taking note of the living history surrounding us in San Marcos, Texas, and the world.