Centers and Projects
The Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State (FACTS) advances forensic science and anthropology through world-class education, research, and outreach. FACTS strives to be a premier nationally and internationally recognized academic training and research facility for forensic anthropology. FACTS provides a unique environment that stimulates innovative, creative, and interdisciplinary research that advances forensic anthropological knowledge, theory, and methods.
The Center for Archaeological Studies (CAS) is dedicated to conducting and promoting archaeological and anthropological research with a primary focus on compliance-based cultural resource management and student training. In 2008 CAS became certified by the State of Texas as an Archaeological Curation Facility and is home to over 100 archaeological collections. CAS also houses one of the most extensive and growing libraries pertaining to Texas archaeology with more than 5,000 volumes in our library.
The Center for the Arts and Symbolism in Ancient America (CASAA) is dedicated to conducting and promoting historical, archaeological, and anthropological research into the arts of ancient indigenous New World peoples. CASAA hosts conferences and workshops devoted to the study of ancient indigenous art and its tourism potential, and sponsors field trips and guest speakers. The center also helps train and support graduate and undergraduate student research with the goal of furthering student career development.
The Center for Middle American Research (CMAR) is dedicated to conducting and promoting historical, archaeological, and anthropological research into the history and cultures of Mesoamerican people. CMAR provides archaeological field research opportunites for undergraduate and graduate students in Mesoamerica. The current focus of CMAR field research is St George’s Caye off the coast of Belize, where an archaeological field school is held every summer.
The Prehistory Research Project is dedicated to archaeological research and education regarding the earliest people in the Americas. The project is involved with work in the United States and internationally including the famous Gault Archaeological site about 40 miles north of Austin. The Gault Site has yielded a vast amount of information about the Clovis culture in Texas as well as evidence for older-than-Clovis occupations. The Prehistory Research Project is supported by Texas State.
Ancient Southwest Texas (ASWT) is a long-term research program with the broad aims of improving our understanding of the prehistoric human record of southwestern Texas and adjacent northern Mexico, sharing what we learn with the scholarly community and the public, and training the next generation of archaeologists. ASWT fieldwork in Lower Pecos Canyonlands includes archaeological field schools, graduate student field projects, and field expeditions ranging from one week to six months in length.
During the summers of 2004, 2005, and 2007, Dr. Britt Bousman directed a series of Texas State University field schools at the Cross Bar Ranch in Potter County, located north of Amarillo, Texas. Students were instructed in various archaeological methods, including pedestrian survey, excavation, mapping, artifact analysis, and curation.
The Modder River Paleontological & Archaeological Project is a long-term research project investigating the geological, paleoenvironmental, paleontological and archaeological records in the Modder River Basin’s Quaternary deposits. This research, a collaboration between Dr. James Brink (National Museum) and Dr. Britt Bousman, focuses on the alluvial terraces at the site of Erfkroon and spring mound deposits at Baden-Baden. Seven field seasons uncovered a wealth of information on the Pleistocene occupants, and produced 2 MA theses and another in progress.
The Cemeteries Project is a long-term, ongoing research venture designed to document, preserve, and analyze Mexican American cemeteries and funerary practices in central and south Texas. This interdisciplinary and ethnohistorical project depends on many collaborators, especially the long-term residents and elders of the local Mexican American community. Other collaborators include students, faculty, local and state-level agencies and cultural centers, and the Hispanic History of Texas Project.
Operation Identification (OpID) is a service project within the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State. OpID's mission is to identify and repatriate unidentified human remains found on or near the South Texas border through community outreach, forensic anthropological analysis, and collaboration with governmental and non-governmental organizations. OpID was founded in 2013.