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Field Trips

As a way to enhance the in-class instruction, the department coordinates several field trips throughout the year. These experiences allow students to observe, discover, excavate, research, assist, and work with peers and faculty on a variety of projects in a real-world setting.

Recent field trips include:

  • Students in the seminar on the Ancient Maya and Pre-Columbian Art of Mesoamerica visited the Pre-Columbian collection at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Touring with the assistant curator of Latin American art, they conducted a main gallery tour and visited the storage area that few visitors have the opportunity to see. Students chose to conduct original research on a piece in the on or off-exhibit collection for their semester-long term papers. 
  • Introduction to Prehistoric Archaeology students attended a field trip to the Center for Archaeological Research at the University of Texas, San Antonio. While there, the group toured the laboratory facility, getting a chance to talk with archaeologists at work, as well as participate in a "mock dig" to become familiar with the tools and methods of excavation. Students also got to throw an "atlatl," or hunting spear, to better understand how ancient peoples made and used tools.
  • Students in Jennifer Mathews' Introduction to Prehistoric Archaeology went on a dig at Rancho de las Cabras near San Antonio. During the dig, students found pieces of pottery and animal bones.