Presidio Santa María de Galve

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Public tour of the site

Public Archaeology

Public archaeology plays an important role in the work of UWF's Archaeology Institute. Graduate students give presentations in many of the local schools and explain the importance of preserving and treasuring our non-renewable cultural resources. Small children love to look at and ask about the artifacts and the people who used them. At times the public is invited to participate in hands-on field archaeology, a learning experience for all involved.

School tour of the site

Public archaeology at Presidio Santa Maria de Galve was composed of three main aspects: public tours, public participation and display/reconstruction. Below are some examples of public archaeology at Santa Maria.

The display and fort reconstruction were the result of Pensacola's 300th anniversary celebration, which was celebrated in honor of the founding of Presidio Santa Maria de Galve in 1698.


  • reconstruction
  • HighSchool
  • kiosk

Permanent kiosk for public display, high schoolers assisting excavations, and reconstruction.