2019 Field Schools

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

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 2019 Luna Settlement Terrestrial Field School will take place for the fourth 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. 

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 20 - July 26, 2019 
    • July 27: End of Dig Party
  • 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 2019. 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.

The terrestrial portion of UWF's combined archaeological field school will advance archaeological research projects on the late prehistory of Pensacola Bay. Survey and testing projects 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.


  • 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 13-17, 2019. 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 13 - May 17: UWF Scientific Diver Training (mandatory for all students participating in combined field school)
    • May 20 - June 21: First session of Maritime Field School
    • June 24 - July 26: Second session of Maritime Field School
    • July 27: End of Dig Party

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).

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

Apply for the Maritime/Combined Field School

Apply for the Advanced Maritime/Combined Field School