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Welcome to the Center for Archaeological Research (CAR)-Celebrating 50 Years of Service!

The Center for Archaeological Research (CAR), a research facility within the College of Liberal and Fine Arts at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), was established in September 1974. As an organized research unit, CAR’s main objectives are: (1) to conduct archaeological research, primarily in Texas; (2) to carry out archaeological surveys and excavations for federal, state, and local agencies as required by legislation and executive order; (3) to provide public and private sector assistance and advice regarding cultural resource management; (4) to provide student training in archaeology through field and laboratory work, and publication; and, (5) disseminate to the general public information about local, regional, and state archaeology and history.

 Many CAR projects involve archaeological and historical studies needed by federal agencies, city and county governments, engineers, architects, planning commissions, and other firms and agencies. Such investigations are often required by the Texas Historical Commission in compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act and the Antiquities Code of Texas. CAR’s archaeological laboratory has complete facilities for processing artifact collections. The laboratory is a certified curatorial repository designated by the Texas Historical Commission. CAR is involved in many community outreach programs in the San Antonio area. CAR’s Legacy program provides hands-on learning opportunities for area primary and secondary school groups. Through providing such essential public service, research, and training, CAR plays an important role at UTSA, the San Antonio community, and south Texas.


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...and Legacy: Hands on the Past!


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May 15, 2023

CAR Legacy Summer Camps!

CAR Legacy is running four summer camps for children ages 9-13 at the Center for Archaeological Research on UTSA's 1604 campus!

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We appreciate your interest in the Center for Archaeological Research and extend our warmest welcome to you!