Center for Big Bend Studies

About the Center for Big Bend Studies

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The Center for Big Bend Studies, established by Sul Ross State University in 1987, supports and promotes archaeological and historical activities in the Trans-Pecos and Big Bend region of Texas and northern Mexico.

The center provides educational opportunities to university students, the public, and outside researchers.

The Director William A. Cloud oversees the administration of the Center for Big Bend Studies and is aided in policy decisions by the Advisory Council.

CBBS Mission

The Center for Big Bend Studies fosters interdisciplinary scholarship of the diverse prehistoric, historic, and modern cultures of the borderlands region of the United States and Mexico, with emphasis on the area encompassed by Trans-Pecos Texas and north-central Mexico.

The center is committed to the recovery, protection, and sharing of this region's rich cultural legacy through dynamic programs of research, education, public outreach, and publication.

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News & Announcements

  • The Ellen Sue Turner Memorial Fund has been established by the CBBS. Learn more...


    ★ News Flash: The Center for Big Bend Studies (CBBS) is pleased to announce that a generous donor has offered prize money for the best article submitted for publication in the 2014 Journal of Big Bend Studies.  More...

    The CBBSs Editorial Board, Administrative Coordinator, and Director will judge the articles, and the winning author will receive $500 in prize money. Articles will primarily be judged based on their contribution to the history/prehistory of the region, although readability and writing style will also be considered. Papers should be between 10 and 50 pages in length and follow the submission guidelines. Please call (432-837-8179) or email us if you have any questions.

    The revised submission deadline for articles is May 1, 2014.

    The CBBS is seeking title and abstract submissions for presentations at its 21st Annual Conference, November 7-8, 2014. The submission deadline is October 1, 2014.

  • Our newest publication, Archaeological Explorations of the Eastern Trans-Pecos and Big Bend: Collected Papers, Volume 1, is now available, thanks to the generosity of a Permian Basin Area Foundation grant. See the table of contents on our Publications page, Trans-Pecos Archaeological Program (TAP) Publications.

  • Help update and improve the CBBS Library by providing needed publications from our Wish List.
  • We have launched the block excavation of our Late Paleoindian site, the Genevieve Lykes Duncan site.

  • Various radio interviews with CBBS staff are available. Listen to them or read transcripts.

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