October is Texas Archeology Month (TAM)!
Each year, the Texas Historical Commission celebrates the spirit of discovering Texas' past. It's an opportunity for Texans to understand the depth and richness of our heritage, from the former dwelling sites of prehistoric hunters and gatherers to historic shipwrecks and military sites; the historical significance of the state's archeological sites; the importance of proper archeological practices; and contributions made by professional and avocational archeologists to our understanding of Texas’ ancient and recent past. TAM events are held all across the state (and recently online!) throughout the month of October. Most are family-friendly and include events such as Archeology Days with hands-on activities and demonstrations, museum tours and special exhibits, lectures and presentations, history walks, and more.
TAM is back in 2021!
TAM planning is already underway! While this year we anticipate a return of some in-person events, the THC is also committed to keeping TAM accessible for everyone by continuing to promote virtual events through our website.
Hosting a TAM Event? Let Us Help!
- Get on the TAM 2021 Calendar of Events by filling out the 2021 Texas Archeology Month Event/Activity Form. Don't have all the details nailed down yet? That's ok, you can submit what you know now and email the TAM Coordinator later with updates.
- Get FREE archeology-related materials (posters, brochures, educational materials) to distribute to the public during TAM. Submit a Public Outreach Materials Order Form or email Donna McCarver (email@example.com) to have them mailed to you free of charge. Remember, you can order and receive these materials year-round for other events, too.
- Apply for the Council of Texas Archeologists Public Outreach Grant for up to $500 to help fund your event.
We can assist with event ideas and connect you with resources, speakers, volunteers, and virtual event moderators. Ideas for events and activities include archeology fairs and mock digs; demos or how-tos on flint-knapping, fire-making, ceramics, etc.; lectures or panels; exhibits of artifacts, photos, or archeology-related publications; movie/film screenings; downloadable/printable activities such as puzzles, coloring pages, and instructions for activities using household objects (newpapers/magazines/grocery bags for weaving baskets, rocks in the yard for painted rock activities); and contests such as scavenger hunts or prizes for best essay, blog post, photo, or best artifact replica. All of these suggestions can be adapted for in-person or virtual options. And we always love to hear about new ideas or suggestions from you! For more information, assistance, or suggestions, please contact TAM Coordinator Maggie Moore (Maggie.Moore@thc.texas.gov).
Not hosting this year? Here are some other ways to help make TAM a success:
- Attend a TAM event. Check out the TAM 2021 Calendar of Events below (will be updated as event information is received).
- Volunteer for a TAM event. Click on the event in the calendar for the event contact, or reach out to Maggie Moore to offer your time.
- Donate supplies or financial support for a TAM event. Contact Maggie Moore to connect you with organizations needing assistance.
- Promote TAM events on social media, listservs, websites, and bulletin boards by sharing the TAM webpage (www.thc.texas.gov/tam).
TAM 2021 Calendar of Events
TAM 2021 Map of Events
THC took on the task of Texas Archeology Awareness Week coordination
Archeology Blog Posts
- Texas Archeological Stewardship Network
- Archeology Resources for Educators
- Archeological Travel Destinations
- La Salle Odyssey Travel Guide and Mobile Tour
- American Indian Heritage Destinations
- Red River War of 1874-75 Travel Guide and Mobile Tour
Partner Organizations and Resources
- Texas Archeological Society
- Council of Texas Archeologists
- Bullock Texas State History Museum
- Texas Archeological Research Laboratory
- Texas Beyond History
- Handbook of Texas
- The Portal to Texas History
- The Gault School
- Archeology Unearths Fort Lancaster’s Built Environment (Authentic Texas magazine article)