Texas Archeological Research Laboratory

About Us

The Texas Archeological Research Laboratory (TARL) of The University of Texas at Austin was instituted in 1961 to provide a variety of services for the archeological community. TARL is a nationally recognized research facility with its collections constituting the largest archeological repository in the state.  

We are an organized research unit under the College of Liberal Arts, working closely with the Department of Anthropology to provide laboratory space and equipment for both students, faculty and independent researchers. Additionally, we support the summer archeological fields schools, and provide employment opportunities and on-the-job training to undergraduate and graduate students. 

Our mission is to collect, preserve, and curate archeological specimens and records, train students, conduct archeological research, and disseminate information about Texas' vast archeological legacy. 

TARL is located on the J.J. Pickle Research Campus in north Austin. The facilities are open Monday - Friday, from 8:00am - 5:00pm. The laboratory is not open to the public except by special arrangement; researchers needing access to collections or records should make an appointment with appropriate staff members. For further information on scheduling a visit, please contact us.


Artifacts in cold storage