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Texas Public Archaeology Network

Archaeologist holding up an artifact in front of a group at an archaeological site
Public Archaeology Photo of the Month. Archaeologist, Paul Matchen with the Center for Archaeolgoical Studies

Welcome to the Texas Public Archaeology Network! TxPAN is a program with a mission to promote public appreciation of and participation in archaeology throughout the state of Texas.

The shared goal of the network is to use the science of archaeology to create meaningful connections between Texans and our State's rich cultural heritage. TxPAN aims to achieve this mission by serving as a collaborative and inclusive resource for Texas' professional and avocational archaeological community, educators, students, Native American Tribes, and landowners.

This website compiles resources for Texans to learn about and participate in archaeology around the state and provides a network of potential collaborators and organizations for archaeologists wanting to develop education and outreach strategies for their work.


Learn more about TxPAN on our About Us page or take a glance at our News and Announcements below.

News & Announcements

All Together Here: A Community Symposium for Discovery and Remembrance

Photo of historic age keys that have been recovered in Texas.

Austin Parks and Recreation is hosting a free two-day, online symposium October 9-10, 2020 that gives the public in-depth access to archaeological experts, community groups, project team members, and renowned historians who will reveal more about the people uncovered beneath the footprint of Oakwood Cemetery Chapel during its 2016 restoration. The event will also provide an opportunity for the community to share ideas about how these individuals will be honored and memorialized. For more information, go to

TxPAN's Portraits of Preservation

TxPAN is excited to announce our first Texas Archaeology Month project, Portraits of Preservation. This project will be a photography exhibit featuring Texas’s diverse Prehistoric and Historic archaeological sites, cultural landscapes, and artistic artifact photographs, taken by archaeologists and preservationists from all over our great state. The exhibit, curated by Amy Reid (Curator of the Center for Archaeological Studies), will be held on Texas State University’s San Marcos campus throughout the month of October and will also be made available in an online exhibit. More info, submission rules and instructions can be found here.

Best Archaeology on the Web

ArcheoAnalytics, an editor on the Medium website, has compiled a "Best Of" list for online Archaeolgoical content from 19 U.S. and Canadian cultural institutions. Check out The Best of Archaeology on Web and Social Media (Lockdown Edition).


Resources for Remote Teaching

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In an interest to get as many resources out there available to anyone teaching remotely in the coming weeks, TxPAN has compiled a long list of links to some great sites, videos and channels.

The New Texas Beyond History Website

mosaic illustration of native american people and material culture


Texas Beyond History (TBH) has a new look! After months of re-design work, we're so pleased to see the beautiful and functional new design for this award-winning educational website. If you're interested in Texas archaeology, you have to check it out!