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Centers and Projects

Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State

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.

Center for Archaeological Studies

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.

Center for the Arts and Symbolism in Ancient America

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.

Ancient Southwest Texas Project

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.

Cross Bar Ranch, Potter County, Texas

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.

African Modder River Paleontological & Archaeological Project

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.

Identifying Migrant Deaths in South Texas

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.