2014 Field Schools


Forensic

Forensic Anthropology Field School

(ANT 4523, Forensic Field Methods)


The Forensic Anthropology field school will be held on the UWF Pensacola campus. The major goal of the 5-week field school is to train students in standard forensic methods for discovery, documentation, and recovery of human skeletal remains from surface and buried contexts. Students will learn to distinguish human bone from faunal remains, as well as basic mapping procedures, evidence collection, and other skills which they will apply to simulated forensic scenes involving both surface and buried skeletal remains. 

  • Dates: May 19 - June 20, 2014
  • Schedule: Monday through Friday 8 am to 4 pm
  • Prerequisites: Biological Anthropology (ANT 2511/L), Principles of Archaeology (ANT 3101) with a grade of “C” or better. Human Osteology (ANT 4525/L) preferred but not essential.
  • Credit: The course is offered for 3 credit hours.
  • Accommodations: Living arrangements will be the responsibility of the student.
  • Food: Students will provide their own lunches during the course. Drinking water will be provided on site.
  • Dig Kit: Students will be required to purchase a dig kit (trowel, brushes, tapes, etc.); we will provide a list of items to purchase. The cost usually runs around $125.
  • Transportation: Transportation to and from campus will be the responsibility of the student.

For further information about the Forensic Anthropology field school, contact Dr. Joanne Curtin (850-474-2795; jcurtin@uwf.edu).


Maritime

Combined Maritime / Terrestrial Field School

(ANT 4121, Combined Archaeological Field Methods)

UWF will be conducting a combined terrestrial and maritime archaeology field methods course during the summer of 2014. In the combined field school, qualified students will split their summer, taking the maritime component during either the first five weeks or the second five weeks of the course. For the maritime component, students will participate in underwater archaeological investigations in Pensacola Bay and surrounding waters. This summer's activities include excavations on a vessel dating to the Don Tristan de Luna y Arellano expedition of 1559; hull recording of small vessels in the Blackwater and Escambia Rivers; remote sensing survey using magnetometer, side-scan sonar, and sub-bottom sonar equipment; as well as site assessments and dives on known historic wrecks and maritime sites located in the area. Fieldwork will be supplemented by lectures and discussions on themes ranging from the colonization of northwest Florida to maritime landscapes and economic maritime connections in the Gulf region. When not diving, students will perform topside duties such as dive tending and support, artifact recording, and database entry. Students will also participate in the conservation and laboratory analysis of recovered material.

  • Prerequisites: In addition to Principles of Archaeology (ANT 3101) with a grade of 'C' or better, an open-water scuba diving certification from a nationally recognized dive agency (PADI, NAUI, YMCA, etc.) is required for participation in the maritime field school. Students must also provide their own masks, fins, snorkel and weight belt; it is recommended that students also supply their own regulator and B.C.D., but there are some units available for rent from the Marine Services Center if this is not possible. In addition, all students must complete mandatory scientific diver training during the week of May 12-16, 2014. Additional information about CPR/First Aid certification providers and snorkel checkout/swim test dates will be provided upon notice of acceptance into the field school.
  • Accommodations: Participants are responsible for their own housing and meals. Arrangements can be made to live in campus housing. Alternatively, the Pensacola area offers many weekly and monthly rentals.
  • Transportation: Daily transportation to the staging location, the University's Marine Services Center in Pensacola, is the responsibility of the student. Transportation to boat launches and dive sites will be provided by the University whenever possible, but students may occasionally be required to carpool to local dive locations.
  • Schedule:
    • May 12 - May 16: UWF Scientific Diver Training (mandatory for all students participating in combined field school)
    • May 19 - June 20: First session of Maritime Field School
    • June 23 - July 25: Second session of Maritime Field School

For further information about the maritime field school, contact Dr. John Bratten (850-474-2706, jbratten@uwf.edu) or Dr. Greg Cook (850-857-6321, gcook1@uwf.edu).


UWF Campus Survey Terrestrial Field School (combined)

(ANT 4121, Combined Archaeological Field Methods)


The terrestrial portion of UWF's combined archaeological field schools will focus on CRM-style survey and testing projects on the UWF campus and beyond. The course is organized to benefit those students who are choosing the joint terrestrial/maritime field school, in that a complete survey and testing project will be conducted during each 5-week half of the semester. As per all of UWF's archaeological field schools, students will learn about and directly experience a variety of relevant archaeological field techniques and principles, from shovel testing and test unit excavation, to mapping, proper documentation of the work, and research development.
Fieldwork will consist of Phase I surveys as typically performed by cultural resource management companies throughout the United States. This summer, archaeological survey will be used to explore the presumed location of an early Spanish mission site in the Tallahassee area. We anticipate each half of the field school spending 2 weeks on this project. Phase II testing will be conducted at several previously recorded archaeological sites in the Pensacola area, including on the campus of UWF. 

  • Dates: May 19 - July 25, 2014
  • Prerequisites: The prerequisite for the terrestrial field school is Principles of Archaeology (ANT 3101) with a grade of ‘C’ or better.
  • Accommodations: Living arrangements will be the responsibility of the student while the project is in the Pensacola area. Other living arrangements are currently being organized for the planned Phase I survey in the Tallahassee area. Details are forthcoming, though at this time it is anticipated that the housing for this portion of the summer will be free for students. Meals during the Tallahassee survey will be organized by the field directors for the students for a fee to be determined once we know how many students we have. Students will need to bring a water bottle, lunch, and any snacks to the field each day.
  • Transportation: The UWF Campus terrestrial field school will take place in several locations in the Pensacola area and beyond. Students will need to meet at the specified project area each day. Carpooling is recommended. Travel to/from the Tallahassee area is currently being arranged, details forthcoming, though it may be permissible to have individuals drive themselves if requested.
  • Equipment: Each student will need to bring a set of personal field gear; lists will be provided for the project upon acceptance. These tools usually run around $125.
  • Field Conditions: The field school will take place in a range of outdoor conditions, and students should be prepared for summer heat, sun, rain, and insects. A list of required and recommended field clothing will be provided upon acceptance.

For more information about the UWF Campus Survey terrestrial field school, please contact Dr. Ramie Gougeon (850-474-2831, rgougeon@uwf.edu)


Arcadia

Arcardia Mill Terrestrial Field School

(ANT 4824, Terrestrial Archaeological Field Methods)

The Arcadia 2014 Field School will continue the work we began in 2012 within the Simpson Lot, where the Arcadia Mill owner resided, in an effort to delineate the social organization within this highest status area of the Arcadia community. In order to meet our overarching multiyear objective of defining the Arcadia community, we will finish defining the archaeological deposits within the Simpson Lot, collecting cultural material, exposing and documenting architectural and other features and midden deposits as we interpret this significant residence and lot. The most important objective of this summer's investigations will be to uncover and document the architectural features of the Simpson residence. In order to achieve our 2014 research goals, we will utilize a close interval program of shovel testing (on a 10m grid) in combination with controlled test units. The work will increase the size of our artifact assemblage, physically and chronologically isolate the multiple components which exist within the parcel, and define site disturbances. In conjunction with traditional means of subsurface testing, we will employ geophysical survey (soil resistivity, GPR and gradiometer), primarily to locate the architectural features of the Simpson residence and associated out buildings, and refuse deposits. We will also create a close interval topographic map of the lot, as well as generate a plan of our excavations, and map activity areas. 

  • Dates: May 19 - July 25, 2014
  • Prerequisites: The prerequisite for the terrestrial field school is Principles of Archaeology (ANT 3101) with a grade of ‘C’ or better.
  • Accommodations: Living arrangements will be the responsibility of the student.
  • Food and Equipment: Students will need to bring a lunch and any snacks to the field each day. Each student will also need to bring a set of personal field gear; lists will be provided for the project upon acceptance. This usually runs around $125.
  • Field Conditions: The field school will take place in a range of outdoor conditions, and students should be prepared for summer heat, sun, rain, and biting insects. A list of required and recommended field clothing will be provided upon acceptance.
  • Transportation: The Arcadia terrestrial field school will take place in the Pensacola area. Students will need to meet at the Arcadia Mill site each day.

For further information about the Arcadia terrestrial field school, contact John Phillips (850-857-6328, jphillip@uwf.edu).


Molino

Colonial Frontiers Terrestrial Field School

(ANT 4824, Terrestrial Archaeological Field Methods)


The 2014 Pensacola Colonial Frontiers field school will take place at the archaeological site of Mission San Joseph de Escambe (c. 1741-1761) in Molino, Florida, though additional survey fieldwork may also be scheduled in search of another contemporaneous mission site. The fifth year of fieldwork at Escambe will center on block excavations at the probable church/friary compound and the possible 1760 cavalry barracks in the heart of the mission. During the summer, field school students will be exposed to a broad range of archaeological field techniques, ranging from excavation and surveying to scale drawing and record-keeping.

  • Dates: May 19 - July 25, 2014
  • Prerequisites: The prerequisite for the terrestrial field school is Principles of Archaeology (ANT 3101) with a grade of ‘C’ or better.
  • Accommodations: Living arrangements will be the responsibility of the student.
  • Food and Equipment: Students will need to bring a lunch and any snacks to the field each day. Each student will also need to bring a set of personal field gear; lists will be provided for the project upon acceptance. This usually runs around $125.
  • Field Conditions: The field school will take place in a range of outdoor conditions, from open fields to thick, shaded forest, and students should be prepared for summer heat, humidity, sun, rain, and biting insects. A list of required and recommended field clothing will be provided upon acceptance.
  • Transportation: The Colonial Frontiers terrestrial field school will take place at Molino, Florida, located approximately 21 miles by car north of the UWF campus, or possibly also at another location located within half an hour’s drive of UWF. Students will need to provide their own transportation (car-pools are strongly encouraged) to the parking area near the site.

For further information about the Colonial Frontiers terrestrial field school, contact Dr. John Worth (850-857-6204, jworth@uwf.edu).


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