Div of Anthropology & Archaeology

Division of Anthropology and Archaeology

Students perform underwater excavations during a maritime field school

Program Description

The Division of Anthropology and Archaeology includes the disciplines of anthropology, archaeology, and sociology. The Division consists of four integrated units:

The Department of Anthropology boasts numerous full-time faculty and research specialists who teach a wide variety of courses. Students can earn a Bachelor's degree in anthropology from the Department with a specialization in general anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, or cultural anthropology.  We are especially proud of the hands-on opportunities that help prepare students for graduate study and for employment in both the private sector and government agencies.

The Department also offers a Master's degree, which allows students to choose from two programs: general anthropology (archaeology, biological, cultural) and historical archaeology.  The primary objectives of our master's program are to prepare graduates to be successful in the workforce and to enter doctoral programs. The master's degree consists of both coursework and a thesis capstone project. Over 90 percent of our graduates are employed in their field or are accepted into doctoral programs.


Division News


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Tom Garner, Research Assistant

UWF Announces Luna Discovery

Site of First Multi-year European Settlement in the U.S. Identified by University of West Florida Archaeology Program

The University of West Florida archaeology program recently identified the archaeological site of the Luna settlement – the first multi-year European settlement in the United States – in a developed neighborhood in Pensacola. The artifacts discovered are evidence of the Spanish settlement by Tristán de Luna y Arellano from 1559 to 1561, the earliest multi-year European colonial settlement ever archaeologically identified in the United States.

Read more at the UWF Newsroom, and for full coverage, including the Luna history and the UWF Luna Settlement Media Kit, visit uwf.edu/luna. 

Other Division News:

  • Professor Receives NEH Summer Stipend to Study Skeletal Remains in Italy -- Dr. Killgrove was awarded an NEH grant for her upcoming work at the site of Oplontis.
  • Florida Research Fellowship Goes to Biological Anthropologist -- Bioarchaeologist Kristina Killgrove received one of UWF CREO's inaugural $20,000 Florida Research Fellowships for her project entitled, "Brewers, Fishwives, and Pancake Bakers: How Women’s Occupations in Medieval Berlin Affected The Weaning Diets of Their Offspring." This research will take place in spring, summer, and fall 2016.
  • UWF Archaeology Institute Receives Grant to Explore Spanish Fleet in Pensacola Bay -- The UWF Archaeology Institute recently received a Special Category Grant totaling more than $290,000 from the Florida Division of Historical Resources to explore a Spanish fleet associated with Tristan de Luna from the 1500s. (Click here to read more...)
  • ‌UWF Archaeologists 3D Scanning and Printing the Past -- Using two scanners and two printers, archaeologists and graduate students are digitizing and printing artifacts and bones from the Division's collection. (Click here to read more...)
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