2018 Field Schools

Learn more about UWF's Forensic Anthropology Field School, Terrestrial Field School and Combined Maritime/Terrestrial Field Schools.

Forensic Anthropology Field School

2018 Forensic Anthropology Field School (ANT 4990/ANG 5990, Forensic Field Recovery)

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 the discovery, documentation, and recovery of human skeletal remains. Students will learn to apply basic methods of archaeological mapping and excavation to simulated forensic scenes involving both surface-scattered and buried skeletal remains. They will also learn to distinguish human from non-human remains and gain experience with explicitly forensic procedures of evidence recovery, such as evidence documentation and collection, site security, and the use of appropriate personal protective equipment for different simulated scenarios.

  • Dates: UWF Summer Term 2: 14 May - 15 June 2018
  • Schedule: Monday through Friday 8 am - 4 pm
  • Application Deadline: 30 March 2018 (online); Acceptance Notification: 20 April 2018 (via email)
  • 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 and snacks during the course. Drinking water will be provided on site.
  • Transportation: Transportation to and from campus will be the responsibility of the student.
  • Additional Costs and Other Information:  Students will be required to purchase a dig kit (trowel, brushes, tapes, etc.); we will provide a list of items to purchase (estimated cost = $125). There are no prerequisites for the Forensic Anthropology Field School. Experience in forensic anthropology, biological anthropology, human osteology, bioarchaeology, and/or archaeological methods and principles preferred but not essential.
  • For further information about the Forensic Anthropology Field School, contact Dr. Allysha Winburn (awinburn@uwf.edu)

Apply for the Forensic Field School

Archaeology Students conducting field work at the Luna Settlement site as part of the 2016 field work

Terrestrial Field School

(ANT 4824, Terrestrial Archaeological Field Methods or ANG 6824 Advanced Archaeological Field Methods)

Luna Settlement

The 2018 Luna Settlement Terrestrial Field School will take place for the third consecutive year at the archaeological site of the 1559-1561 Tristán de Luna settlement overlooking Pensacola Bay.  The goals of the project are to continue excavations focusing on the traces of the colonial settlers who lived there after a hurricane destroyed their fleet. 

Arcadia Mill

The Arcadia Mill 2018 terrestrial field school will take place at the Simpson Lot in Milton, Florida. The lot contains the archaeological remains of the historic Simpson house (1835-1935), a three-story Louisiana-style mansion that was occupied by the mill owner. The house consisted of a brick basement including a slave quarter and kitchen, a veranda and main story, and second story. The research design from previous field schools will carry on as we continue to uncover and document architectural features with the goal of delineating the boundaries of the Simpson house and associated brick basement. Investigations will focus on identifying the south boundary of the structure including the covered entrance to the basement

Blackwater River Mills

Research related to the Arcadia Mill will be conducted during the Blackwater River Mills section of the 2018 terrestrial field school. This section will gather information on several steam-powered lumber mills burned prior to the Confederate abandonment of Pensacola in 1862. Work at these sites may involve remote sensing, metal detection, and test pit excavation. In addition to work on the terrestrial remains of these sites, work may also be done at the submerged portions of these sites as part of the underwater field school using remote sensing and underwater visual inspection to identify shipping destroyed in 1862 along with any submerged portions of the mills.

During the summer, field school students will be exposed to a broad range of archaeological field techniques, ranging from excavation and survey, to scale drawing and record-keeping. Demonstrations will include remote sensing, photography, and digital mapping.

  • Dates: May 21 - July 28, 2018
  • 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. Field gear usually costs around $125.
  • Field Conditions: The field school will take place in a residential neighborhood setting not far from downtown Pensacola, Florida, with conditions ranging from open yards in direct sunlight to shaded areas with sometimes dense undergrowth and landscaping.  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: Parking arrangements will be announced before the start of field school.  Students will need to provide their own transportation (carpools are encouraged).

For further information about the terrestrial field school, contact the UWF Archaeology Institute (850-474-3015, archaeology@uwf.edu).

Apply for the Terrestrial Basic field school

Apply for the Terrestrial Advanced field school


Combined Maritime / Terrestrial Field School

UWF will be conducting a combined terrestrial and maritime archaeology field methods course during the summer of 2018. 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 vessels dating to the Don Tristán de Luna y Arellano expedition of 1559; hull recording of maritime landscapes and small vessels in local rivers; remote sensing survey using magnetometer and side-scan sonar; 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 having completed “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 15-19, 2017. 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 14 - May 18: UWF Scientific Diver Training (mandatory for all students participating in combined field school)
    • May 21 - June 23: First session of Maritime Field School
    • June 25 - July 28: 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).

Apply for the Maritime/Combined Field School

Apply for the Advanced Maritime/Combined Field School