Graduate Anthropological Association assists anthropology graduate students in the procurement of funds for travel to academic conferences. The Experimental Archaeology Club is dedicated to recreating the past endeavors, experiences, and methods of production that went in to the artifact assemblage that archaeologists encounter.
Graduate Anthropological Association
The UWF Graduate Anthropological Association was founded in Fall 2007 with the goal of assisting anthropology graduate students in the procurement of funds for travel to academic conferences. Since its inception, the GAA has surpassed this original mission by fostering peer and faculty communication.
Currently, the GAA has a number of objectives. Its primary goal is to better the educational experience of the graduate students in the department. To that end, the GAA meets once a month to discuss past and current issues and possible solutions. The GAA President serves as a liaison for the graduate students in faculty meetings. The three departmental subfields - archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology - are represented by individual, elected, graduate student officers. The association also strives to raise community awareness in anthropologically-related areas and participates in community and university events whenever possible. In addition, the GAA raises funds for those graduate students who are unable to get university funding for participation in conferences relating to their field. When possible, the association discusses fund raising options and opportunities. For more information, please email one of the officers listed above.
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Experimental Archaeology Club
The Experimental Archaeology Club is dedicated to recreating the past endeavors, experiences, and methods of production that went in to the artifact assemblage we encounter as archaeologists. This understanding will allow us to create a more accurate picture of the lives of the people we study. We also seek to broaden our contacts within the field by attending professional conferences and presenting on the work we do. Through fund-raising and our school budget we help provide students access to the materials necessary to take on a project that interests their specific focus.
Ongoing and planned experiments/activities:
- Clay sourcing and techno-functional studies of ceramics; since ceramics are one of the most diagnostic and we preserved artifacts recovered it is essential to understand the process of ceramic construction from collecting clay all the way to firing a pot.
- Ship construction; this year we will be creating a dug out canoe using both modern and primitive means to analyze the difference.
- Flint Knapping and lithic technology use; by understanding the earliest processes that went in to stone tool making it becomes easier to understand the lithic scatter found in the field. This year we intend to host an Atlatl tournament using atlatls we created.
- Food and life-way reconstruction; through an understanding of the processes that went in to the daily lives and what it took to not only exist but thrive in North America we as archaeologists can better interpret site formations and, potentially, site layouts.
- Camping and hiking trips to visit sites
Contact Information: EAC@uwf.edu
Support Provided by:
- Dr. John Worth (Faculty Sponsor)
- Ramsey Green
- Winston Burnham
- Jan Lloyd
- UWF Archaeology Institute
- Florida Public Archaeology Network