Monthly Meeting
Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road
Houston, TX 77055
Main No.: (713) 956-0881

When We Meet
Third Thursday of each month
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm

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This consists primarily of excavations and screening though we do occasionally have need for volunteers to help in surveying, testing and monitoring. There is often a great deal of physical labor involved such as digging, chopping, carrying and lifting. You are likely to get dirty and/or wet, with long periods of standing or kneeling. No experience is required – we will train you both in field procedures and in site documentation, which includes artifact identification and handling.

Other work in the Field

We also need people to help us with campus setup and maintenance at field schools, site setup and cleanup (excavations) and construction and conservation work. This has included lawn mowing, juniper and deadfall removal, remodeling, trail building, and plumbing. There are also members who do quarterly site surveys and surveys of the bird and plant communities.

Lab Work

Once artifacts are excavated they come to the lab to be washed, sorted, weighed, cataloged, analyzed and prepared for curation. Most volunteer positions in the lab are not as physically demanding and can be more time flexible. Lab work is done on evenings and we do request that you commit to a schedule even if it is for only two hours.

Code of Ethics and Conduct

The Houston Archeological Society is dedicated to the ethical pursuit of archeological education and research. The HAS Code of Ethics and Conduct is promulgated to insure that every person associated with the HAS, including the Board of Directors, members, volunteers, students and their parents or guardians and participants in HAS programs shall adhere to the highest standards demanded of professionals in the field of archeology.

No person associated with HAS shall engage in unethical or unprofessional behavior at monthly meetings or annual field schools, or disregard proper archeological field techniques, or engage in the willful destruction and/or distortion of archeological sites and data, or in collection of artifacts for commercial or personal use. In addition, they shall discourage all activities that result in loss of scientific knowledge, including irresponsible excavation, collecting, and hoarding, exchanging, buying or selling or defacing of archeological materials and properties.

Anyone violating this Code of Ethics and Conduct summary or any of those found in the HAS Principle Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct is subject to permanent suspension from HAS activities or revocation of membership.

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