An SFA educational experience emphasizes learning both inside and outside the classroom. We don’t believe that well-rounded professionals are molded in a lecture hall. We believe students learn best by researching and experimenting, so we prioritize access to our well-equipped Anthropology and Archaeology Laboratory, which accommodates extensive collections of artifacts from prehistoric and historic sites in Texas.
The Anthropology and Archaeology Laboratory is certified as a Curatorial Facility by the Texas Historical Commission.
Fieldwork and research opportunities
Because we place such value on hands-on learning, we give students plenty of experience through field and laboratory work. Students also have the opportunity to participate in ongoing projects and conduct archaeological research in Texas and adjacent regions using existing collections and through public outreach.
Our mission as educators goes beyond the walls of SFA’s campus. With our students’ assistance, we provide outreach to the community to educate the general public about anthropology and archaeology. Understanding local resources and working to preserve them can only be achieved if we partner with the community. Students gain valuable educational and practical experience through this outreach.
Cultural resources management
We provide cultural resource management services to federal, state, local and private agencies as required by legislation and executive order. We’re proud to provide long-term care for collections that are “held in trust” for the people of Texas and the United States. The Anthropology and Archaeology Laboratory, which was established in 1985, houses facilities for processing artifact collections and accommodates extensive collections of artifacts from prehistoric and historic sites in Texas.
Preparing for professional careers
The real-world lab and field experiences students enjoy at SFA – like working with historic collections and researching alongside professors – will offer career advantages after graduation. By the time they graduate, our students know their way around a lab and are ready to step into professional roles or pursue graduate studies.
For more information about research and fieldwork opportunities in the Department of Anthropology, Geography and Sociology, contact Dr. George Avery, cultural heritage coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 936.468.2457.