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Dr. John E. Worth

Professor, Department of Anthropology

I am an anthropologist specializing in archaeology and ethnohistory, with a primary research focus on the European colonial era in the Southeastern United States.  On this these pages are some resources of potential interest to students, colleagues, and the general public, including selected unpublished papers, as well as information on past and present research and teaching activities, and assorted links and photos.  As part of my main faculty web page, I also maintain an extensive general resource page about Spanish Florida between 1513 and 1763.

My current (2015-2017) active field research centers on the recent discovery of Tristαn de Luna's 1559-1561 settlement on the shore of Pensacola Bay.  Following a year-long shovel-test survey across the site during 2016, as well as a 2016 terrestrial archaeological field school, the UWF Archaeology Institute continues to undertake field and laboratory work relating to this important site.  We are also currently conducting a summer field school at the site once again this year.  More information about the discovery and fieldwork at the site can be found on the project blog or on the UWF's Luna Settlement page.

Between 2009 and 2015, my summer archaeological field school research focused principally on Mission San Joseph de Escambe, which is being explored as part of the Pensacola Colonial Frontiers Project, a long-term project which continues in addition to my current work at the Luna settlement. To read about the successful 2009 summer search and discovery of the mission, and our continuing progress during the summers of 2010-2015, please visit the online blog for the project.


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About Me: Online Publications • CV • • ResearchGate • UWF Institutional Repository

Luna Settlement Project:  UWF Project Portal • Blog • Facebook Page • Luna Settlement (JW) • Luna Expedition (JW)

Pensacola Colonial Frontiers Project:  Project Portal (JW) • Blog • Facebook Page • YouTube Page

Other Pages:  John Worth's Occasional Blog Posts

Contact Information

Department of Anthropology  •  University of West Florida  •  11000 University Parkway, Pensacola, FL 32514

Phone: (850) 857-6204  •  Fax: (850) 857-6278  •  Email:

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