Heritage, Volume 10, Number 2, Spring 1992 Page: 26
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that earlier Caddo
had indeed lived
in this place. It is,
after all, these
of past history that
to piece together
to paint a picture
of the past.
Since its first
Field School in wS
1962, the Texas
Society has made
dreams of looking
atpast lifeways a reality
for hundreds of
curious members. Field school participants continue their work at the East Mound at the Roitsch Site. Photo by Jim Whorton.
sponsors a Field School each June in order to
instruct participants in scientific field methods
and to assist in research that will enhance
our understanding of Texas' history. During
the years, the daily schedule has been expanded
to include field work in the mornings,
afternoon discussions on techniques
and lab work, and evening programs about
related archaeological sites and methods.
Since an important focus of the Texas
Archaeological Society is public outreach,
specialized programs have been developed
for youth and teachers. The Youth Group
has its own set of daily activities including
field work, related craft projects, and field
Field work, discussions
on techniques and
recordkeeping, lab work,
and evening programs
sites and methods are all
part of the Texas
Field School experience.
trips. Parents accompanying
Last year, information
the site excavated
by the youth
knowledge to the
overall history of
the area. Teachers
youth leaders are
in the archaeological
ways to incorporate
process into their
Through the years, many Field School
participants have confessed to enjoying the
camping experience as much as the archaeology.
Participants have the opportunity to
camp, shower in cold water, enjoy food from
a field kitchen, and revel in evening singalongs
under the stars. If they choose, however,
attendees can stay in nearby motels or
prepare their own meals.
Without a doubt, a TAS Field School can
be more exciting than a vacation in Hawaii.
Patricia M. Wheat and Brenda B. Whorton
are Texas Archaeological Society members.
The 1992 Texas Archaeological Society Field School
;.: June 6-13, Red River County . -
This year the TAS Field School, the
largest of its kind in the United States,
will be held June 6-13, in Red River
County with members arriving on Friday,
June 5, to begin work on the morning
of the 6th. Many people stay the full
week, but others can only participate a
few days. All participants must join the
Texas Archaeological Society and agree
to its pledge of ethics, which supports
the Antiquities Code of Texas and forbids
the practice of buying and selling
artifacts for commercial purposes, disregard
of proper archaeological techniques,
or willful destruction of archaeological data.
Society dues are $25.00 for an individual,
$30.00for afamily, and $ 12.50forstudents.
Anyone wishing to join the Society and
attend the Field School should send dues to
the administrative office: TAS, Center for
Archaeological Research, University of
Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
78249. Upon receipt of dues, the office will
send a newsletter with full information and
registration forms for the Field School.
Deadline for registration will be May 15,
Fees for the Field School should be
sent separately along with coplete registration
forms. Fees will be $60.00 for
adults, $35.00 for youths, and $30.00 for
non-participants. Optional meals are
$3.00 for breakfast and $6.00 for dinner.
Full details of the camp, equipment, and
work schedule will be sent upon receipt
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