Business hours are 8:00AM to 5:00PM, Monday-Friday. TARL is not open to the public except by special arrangement. Potential visitors should call 512-471-5960 to schedule an appointment. Researchers needing access to collections or records should make prior arrangements with appropriate staff members.
Please view Collections and Acquisition Management Policies (download PDF file, 475 K) for a detailed description of TARL's policies.
TARL is closely linked to the Department of Anthropology at UT Austin. Laboratory space and field equipment is often provided for faculty and graduate students. Many aspects of student training are carried out at or through TARL. Undergraduate and graduate classes are taught regularly at TARL, taking advantage of the collections and analytical tools. The associated faculty members in the Department of Anthropology include James Denbow, Maria Franklin, Thomas Hester, James Neely, Fred Valdez and Sam Wilson. Dr. Harold Liebowitz of the Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures also has laboratory facilities at TARL.
The Center for Archaeological and Tropical Studies (CATS) is a specialized research unit within TARL. CATS is focused on research and training with a geographic interest in "greater" Mesoamerica. CATS research includes theoretical topics of study, excavations and collections analyses, and educational field trips to sites of interest. Please visit the CATS website for details.