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Volunteers are essential to the operation of the Center for Archaeological Studies at Texas State University. The CAS volunteer program is project based. This format allows CAS to match individual volunteers and their skills to specific needs. It also allows volunteers to develop clearly-defined experience that will be invaluable in their future careers, whether in Archaeology or elsewhere.

Space is often limited in our volunteer projects. Although not required, as part of our commitment to the students of Texas State University, preference will be given to applicants who are currently enrolled. In the event that an applicant is not chosen for a specific project, their application will be kept on file and they will be given priority when new projects or spaces on on-going projects become available.

To apply to our Volunteer Program, please fill out our online application.

CAS Library Catalog Project

CAS Library Catalog ProjectIn addition to our growing collection of archaeological materials, the Center for Archaeological Studies maintains a large library of reference volumes and archaeological reports representing nearly every county in Texas. The Library Catalog Project team is tasked with the cataloging of this library in order to make it more accessible than ever for researchers.

Students interested in this project should complete our online Volunteer Application.

Spring Lake Laboratory Project

Spring Lake Lab Project

Students working in this volunteer project learn a variety of different skills related to the laboratory processing, preservation, and curation of archaeological materials. Previous experience in a laboratory setting is not required.

Under the direction of the lab manager, volunteers in this project will receive practical instruction in many of the following areas:

  • Handling and cleaning artifacts
  • Care and organization of paper records
  • Proper laboratory and safety procedures
  • Cataloging of archaeological materials
  • Documentation of treatments
  • Preparing a collection for curation

Students interested in this project should complete our online Volunteer Application.

Shiner collection Rehabilitation Project

Shiner Curation Project

Between 1979 and 1983, SMU archaeologist Joel Shiner led a series of underwater excavations of a terrace site (41HY147) in Spring Lake, which then was a part of the Aquarena Springs amusement park. While some of the artifacts have been properly curated and are available for study, many of the bulk lithic artifacts, such as these flakes, have never been fully prepared for curation. Earlier this year, the Texas Historical Commission awarded a grant to CAS to fund work on this collection.

Volunteers for this project will assist student archaeologists in re-housing the artifacts for long-term curation and cataloging the entire collection.

Students interested in this project should complete our online Volunteer Application.

St. Kitt's 2015 Wrap-Up Project

St. Kitt's Wrap UpThe field school may be over, but there's still plenty to do. This project will involve digitizing field records as well as GIS work to produce a digital map of the project. Volunteers interested in this project should have a general understanding of archaeological field procedures, or GIS experience. 

Students interested in this project should complete our online Volunteer Application.

Notes from the Field: the Miller Diaries

Miller Diaries

Avocational archaeologist Eldred "Tom" Miller passed away in 2011, leaving behind a collection of diaries documenting more than a decade of life and excavation. In order to make this valuable resource available to historians and archaeologists, these diaries need to be fully transcribed. The ultimate product of this effort will be an online searchable display on the CAS website that will give researchers and the general public an unprecedented view into the daily life and activities of an individual avocational archaeologist during the 1970s-1980s.

Anyone interested in this project should complete our online Volunteer Application.

This project is also available to students as an internship.