New ITA Publication

Cultural resources management (CRM) reports represent a rapidly growing proportion of our knowledge associated with archaeological undertakings in the United States. Historically, these reports were printed in limited numbers and distributed to a few libraries and individuals, and few were distributed beyond the political boundaries of any given state. Libraries on the distribution list are reticent to allow patrons to check out these reports due to the fact that they have—and will only ever have—a single copy. Late in 2009, the Texas Historical Commission (THC) permitting guidelines for CRM reports were updated, requiring CRM contractors to submit a digital copy of a redacted (no site locations or photographs of human remains) report before their permits could be closed. These reports, the lion’s share of which were funded with public monies, were meant to be made publicly accessible and should be available.


The Index of Texas Archaeology (ITA) is your source for open access archaeological reports from projects conducted throughout the State of Texas. The digital reports can be read on the ITA site or downloaded to your computer at no cost. All authors retain, at minimum, a Creative Commons Attribution license to their work, meaning that they, and in some instances the funding agency, must be credited for original creation.

Licensing information can be found on the cover page for each report. All reports are organized by year (Volume No.), and can be accessed using the drop down menu in the right column. To begin searching for archaeological reports from your area, enter a term in the search bar or click on the Advanced Search tab at the bottom of the right column.

Click here  or on the image of the front page below to read the full article.

To visit the Index of Texas Archaeology, click here.

Read the full article by clicking here, or on the image of the front page above.

Using the suite of tools available to us through bepress means that the Index of Texas Archaeology (ITA) is archived in Portico, and that our content is indexed by Google, Google Scholar, CrossRef, and Altmetric. Digital object identifiers (DOIs) are being assigned to each report using CrossRef, whereby both the report and the references that each report cites—those that have a DOI—are indexed (view ITA records on CrossRef here).

In addition to CrossRef, we are also working with bepress to integrate CrossMark, which will allow readers to ensure that they are citing the most up-to-date content. Any changes in the published version will be noted in the metadata, which can be accessed by clicking on the CrossMark logo. We are also working through the process of implementing the CrossRef API to include cited-by linking, where readers will be able to view those publications that cite each of the ITA reports. This manner of increased accessibility and distribution also helps to ensure that report authors, and those authors whose work is cited in the reports, receive full credit—and accessible metrics—for their efforts, similar to their colleagues in academia.

Click here  or on the image of the front page below to read the full article.

To visit the Index of Texas Archaeology, click here.


Written by zselden

I am a research associate in the Center for Regional Heritage Research at Stephen F. Austin State University, where my work is focused at the confluence of archaeology, art, engineering, computer science, and the humanities. I am particularly interested in the application of 3D technologies to archaeological problems, geometric morphometrics, network analyses, archaeological theory, and archaeological science.