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Field Schools

UWF's field schools allow students to gain hands on experience in Forensic Anthropology, Terrestrial and Maritime Archaeology. All field school applications are due by March 25, 2022


Several forensic archaeology field school students work on excavating a plastic model of a human skeleton as part of the 2021 UWF Forensic Field School
Please note that the skeletal remains depicted in the image are plastic models

Forensic Anthropology Field School

Dates: 16 May-17 June 2022

Application Deadline: March 25, 2022

Description: 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 (PPE) for different simulated scenarios.

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Archaeology Institute Director along with two graduate student employees discuss archaeology at the Luna Settlement site

Luna Settlement Terrestrial Archaeological Field School

Dates: May 23 - June 24, 2022 (5 weeks)

Application DeadlineMarch 25, 2022

Description: Students will participate in block-excavations in the heart of Tristán de Luna y Arellano's 1559-1561 settlement on Pensacola Bay, opening excavation units in areas that have previously been demonstrated to have evidence for possible structures and other activity areas at the site.  This will be the 6th UWF terrestrial field school at the settlement, which possesses material traces of short-term inhabitation by the 1,500 members of the colonizing expedition from Mexico to Florida, including Spanish infantry and cavalry soldiers and some of their families, servants and slaves, and some 200 Aztec warriors and craftspeople.

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Faculty and students confer using MSC Dive Platform

UWF Maritime Archaeological Field School

Dates: July 5 – August 5, 2022 (5 weeks)

Application Deadline: March 25, 2022

Description: This field school will focus heavily on remote sensing survey, target investigations, and assessments of known historic shipwreck sites in Northwest Florida.  Field activities will be supplemented with lectures, scientific dive training, conservation laboratory procedures and potential field trips to nearby sites.

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