Div of Anthropology & Archaeology

Archaeology Institute

The Archaeology Institute at the University of West Florida is an educational, research and service facility concerned with the prehistoric and historic archaeological resources of the northwest Florida region. The Institute has a professional staff of nine archaeologists, a computer graphics/GIS analyst, a marine captain/dive safety officer and an office manager. Additional staff and students are regularly employed through grant and contract funds.

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UWF Announces Discovery of Luna Settlement

The University of West Florida 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 from the UWF Newsroom and at uwf.edu/luna.

Pensacola Archaeological Society

PAS, the local chapter of the Florida Anthropological Society, has about 100 members, and they come from diverse backgrounds, but all have an interest in preserving, protecting and studying our past cultures through archaeological investigations and the historical record.

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Archaeologist Shares Thrill of Discovery with Students

Growing up in the Midwestern United States, Gregory Cook used to watch PBS television specials about archaeology and history with his parents. His father, a worker in a Chevrolet car factory, instilled in him the desire to pursue higher education and to find something he was passionate about. For Cook, that something was archaeology.

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