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Five Reasons to Get Your Hands Dirty at the Texas Archeological Field School

If you’ve ever been interested in taking a deeper dive into Texas history, now’s your chance. Registration just opened for the Texas Archeological Society (TAS) "field school." The family-friendly event is open to newcomers and veterans alike. For eight days, you will work in the field and get a glimpse of what life is like as an archeologist.


  1. It is a great opportunity to explore history of the state while camping and enjoying the great outdoors. Bring the whole family for an experience you’ll never forget.
  2. You will participate in an archeological excavation led by trained professionals. This year, the group will excavate Mission San Lorenzo de la Cruz, a Spanish colonial mission at Camp Wood in Real County near Uvalde.
  3. Kids have their own dig where they can interact with other kids (and professional archeologists) in a fun, educational environment. 
  4. Work on-site in an active excavation to learn proper procedures and documentation or learn how to locate and record historical and prehistorical sites or work in the lab to clean and record artifacts.
  5. Activities also include local excursions, swimming and other outdoor activities (and even an ARCHEO Olympics event), evening lectures, workshops and live music.

TAS also offers scholarships for various groups. Visit the Texas Archeological Society webpage to register. TxDOT has been a proud participant of the TAS Annual Field School and encourages Texans of all ages to come and help discover Texas history first hand.

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