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: 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm

For meeting information
Email: Phone: 713-557-1496


WHERE: Sewall Hall, Room 103, Rice University, 6100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005-1827
WHEN: Lab dates will be scheduled by the Lab Director. Keep an eye on the HAS Events Calendar. and the latest HAS Newsletter.
TIME: 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m
DIRECTIONS: Enter the south door of Sewall Hall. Take the elevator down to the first floor. Exit the elevator; make two left turns, then make a right turn, followed by another left turn, and a final right turn into the lab.
PARKING: Founder's Court/Visitors Parking. This is an automated parking system. Parking fees are $1.00 per 17 minutes (the equivalent to ~ $3.53 per hour). Credit and Debit cards are accepted (receipts are unfortunately not provided).
How Do I Become a Volunteer?

Whether you are interested in working with specific artifact types (prehistoric or historic) or would like to simply gain experience in artifact processing and data entry procedures, our Lab Director or Assistant Director can assist you in working within your area of interest.

All lab volunteers are required to be HAS members and must also sign a Release and Waiver of Liability Form. A copy of both forms will be scanned and remain as a permanent record of the HAS; the original Release and Waiver of Liability Form will be kept on file at the lab.

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Code of Conduct

Owing to the sensitive nature of working with artifacts, when working in the laboratory it is important to follow all instructions provided by the Lab Director or Assistant Lab Director. Anyone who behaves in an unprofessional manner; is found to be withholding artifacts; and/or destroys laboratory equipment will be asked to leave. If you are asked to leave on more than one occasion, or are forcibly removed, you forfeit the right to volunteer, whether as a member or temporary volunteer, and will be restricted from access to the laboratory on a permanent basis.

What to Expect In The Lab

Laboratories are generally cool and dry so bring a jacket or sweater in case you get chilled and bring plenty of water to drink. Tasks associated with the processing of artifacts range from washing incoming artifacts and initial sorting to identifying, measuring, weighing, labeling, archiving (bagging or boxing) and cataloging, as well as preparation of artifacts for curation. Additional tasks may include processing field data and data entry of collections.

Education Sessions

Occasionally, specific educational sessions are conducted. These are usually lead by HAS members who have a particular expertise in a topic. See the photo albums below for examples of some of the recent sessions

Labs at Lindas
"Labs at Linda's" Resume: Cleaning artifacts from Frost Town
Drawing with Claudia
"Technical Illustrations" - How to Draw Technical Illustrations with Claudia Penati
"Cottonfield" - Washing and Sorting Artifacts from Cottonfield Site
Fish zooarcheology
"Fish Zooarcheology" - Identifying Fish Bones with Eren M. Quintana Morales
Golden Bottles
"Golden Bottles" - Bottle Identification with Larry Golden
Bone Osteology
"Bison Bones" - Bison Bone Osteology with Dr. Gus Costa
General lab
General Lab Activities