the scientific study of human remains and artifacts

The skull of the Taung child, uncovered in South Africa. The Child was an infant of the Australopithecus africanus species, an early form of hominin

Archeology is a huge area of science. It includes many other scientific disciplines which you may have heard of and/or be familiar with. Archeology is also part of a larger scientific discipline, Paleontology, but it also goes beyond the scope of Paleontology.

Paleontology is the scientific study of all ancient life. Archeology is part of that, but it also is a study of modern human and their predecessors and how these human like creatures, including modern humans, lived in the broadest sense. This includes dwelling, crops, clothing, communities, relationships to other humans and human like ancestors (peace, war, cooperation, use of others) and these creatures relationship with other living things, plants, animals, disease, malaise, and so many other things that any list would be incomplete.

Recently the Houston Gem & Mineral Society, Inc. has added an eighth Section to their Club, the Archeology Section of HGMS. Welcome HGMS Archeology Section to the study of Archeology on the Proctor Museum of Natural Science website. PMNS will be placing on this site and our page on HGMS things of interest to our viewers who enjoy reading about Archeology.

The Archeology Section of HGMS meets on the first Thursday of each month, at 7:30 P.M. at the HGMS Clubhouse, 10805 Brooklet, Houston, Texas 77099. For more information call your PMNS Curator, Terry Proctor, at the PMNS Office 713 453-8363 or at Terry's law office 713 453-8338. He will give you directions to these meetings and can tell you about upcoming Field Trips which the Archeology Section and PMNS will jointly take.

This site has a number of links to pages on this website of various joint HGMS/Archeology Section & PMNS field trips, projects and other matters. Just click on a link and it will take you to that page. Also the graphics on this and most every other page on web pages created by your Curator, Terry Proctor, are linked to a full page of that graphic, if you wish to see it displayed larger.

This site is just being constructed as this is a new area to both the PMNS website and to HGMS, so we appreciate your patience as this section expands in time.