We’ll explore the University of Texas Archaeology Research Laboratory and the Prehistory Research Project at UT. This is NOT a museum or your standard museum tour. This is a working scientific lab. You’ll get a close-up and very hands-on behind-the-scenes view of real archaeologists and paleontologists while they work on their projects. Touch a real woolly mammoth jaw, among other items, found right here in Central Texas. You’ll see important organic artifacts (fiber, wood, bone, and shell), stone tools, pottery, metal artifacts, and other significant items including over 3,300 ceramic vessels. We’ll see 10,000-year-old arrow and spear points, and learn how to make arrowheads using the same stone tools as the Clovis people. You never know what a researcher may be working during our visit, each tour is unique!
The Texas Archeological Research Laboratory (TARL) is a working lab shared by the University of Texas' archeology and paleontology departments. Researchers will be working on artifacts during our visit.
Hi. I'm Robert Butler, a member of the Atlas Obscura community.
I'm a natural explorer and a people person. I’m passionate about Texas history and culture, and have learned a lot about both by partnering with University of Texas archaeologists, paleontologists, local historians, and artists to create amazing and unique experiences for both travelers and local residents. I have been living and exploring in Central Texas for over 10 years now. I love sharing the amazing things I've learned and discovered here with other people, and hope to learn even more along the way!
For questions about this experience, please contact me directly through Airbnb.
There are 10 spots available on this experience.
Guests ages 10 and up can attend.
Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.
Dr. Tom Williams will demonstrate how the Clovis people made their stone tools. You will learn how to make your own arrowhead that you may keep to remember your experience.