Faculty archaeologists conduct research in the Americas (North, Central, and South America) and Africa. Their research interests include the following topics:
- archaeological method and theory
- archaeology and history
- art and architecture
- artifact analysis (ceramics, lithics)
- complex societies
- contextual archaeology
- ecological and environmental archaeology
- evolutionary archaeology
- historical anthropology
- historical and prehistoric archaeology
- historic preservation and heritage management
- landscape analysis
- mortuary analysis
- political economy
- regional and long-term investigations
- social organization
- spatial analysis
- symbolic anthropology
The University of Florida Department of Anthropology offers many stimulating courses in archaeology, paleoanthropology, and historical anthropology at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Students interested in applying for graduate study are strongly encouraged to contact the archaeologist(s) they would like to work with. Students have the opportunity to study in field schools, laboratories for artifact analysis and GIS, and museum collections. The Certificate Program in Medieval Archaeology is an interdisciplinary track involving the History and Anthropology Departments. Learn more about the faculty who work in this program.
UF Archaeology Laboratories
Laboratory of Southeastern Archaeology
The Laboratory of Southeastern Archaeology (LSA) is dedicated to the archaeology of Florida and greater American Southeast. Current research projects emphasize the archaeology of Florida’s St. Johns and Lower Suwannee River valleys.
The Zooarchaeology Lab is dedicated to the identification and analysis of animal remains from archaeological sites. Graduate and advanced undergraduates may use the lab to conduct analyses of faunal remains. The lab houses a number of comparative skeletons of modern animals and teaching specimens for use in both graduate (ANG5126 – Zooarchaeology) and undergraduate (ANT 3126 – Introduction to Zooarchaeology) education. Ongoing research project in the lab includes the analyses of historical materials from several urban New Orleans. DeFrance is also conducted collaborative research on the genetic composition of guinea pigs from South American and Caribbean sites, and management of Bahamian hutias. Recent student projects include the analysis of historical faunal remains from colonial sites in Michigan, plantation sites in Florida, ancient Andean dogs, and Southeastern Archaic shell mounds and middens.
Location: Turlington B117
Contact: Susan deFrance, email@example.com
Mesoamerican Archaeology and Iconography Lab
The Mesoamerican Archaeology and Iconography Lab provides space and resources for graduate student projects on topics in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. Special emphasis is to given to digital resources and tools, including visualization and mapping tools.
Location: Turlington B350
Contact: Susan Gillespie, firstname.lastname@example.org
Archaeology Teaching Lab
The Archaeology Teaching Lab provides space and material resources for hands-on teaching of undergraduate and graduate archaeology students. The labs for ANT 2140 Introduction to World Archaeology and ANT 4114 Principles of Archaeology are held in this room, as well as courses in zooarchaeology, lithic analysis, and pottery analysis.
Location: Turlington B357
Important Synergies and Resources
The Florida Museum of Natural History at Dickinson Hall (FLMNH) archaeologists conduct research in the Circum-Caribbean area and provide additional expertise in art, economic anthropology, ethnohistory, environmental archaeology, historic and prehistoric archaeology, theory, and zooarchaeology, among other topics.
The Historical Archaeology Program at the FLMNH involves exciting research programs in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and St. Augustine, FL.
The South Florida Archaeology & Ethnography Program at the FLMNH involves archaeological excavations in the Calusa Domain as well as the collection of oral histories in the Charlotte Harbor area.
The Florida Archaeology Collections come primarily from Central and North Florida and the Panhandle regions. The Bioarchaeology holdings include remains from various sites around the state.
The Environmental Archaeology Program is a research and teaching laboratory devoted to the reconstruction of ancient environments of the circum-Caribbean, encompassing the SE USA, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and northern South America. The EAP collections include modern and archaeological specimens of animals, plants, and soils for anthropological and biological research. Contact curator Kitty Emery (email@example.com) or collection manager Nicole Cannarozzi (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information on our collections, research opportunities, and teaching.
The Caribbean Archaeology Program was founded in 1960 by Ripley P. Bullen. The program is based around one of the largest systematic collections of pre-Columbian artifacts in North America. What the collection lacks in size is compensated for by its diversity.
The UF Center for Latin American Studies also provides opportunities for synergistic archaeological work that combines ecological, historical, and medical anthropology in Central America, South America, and the Circum-Caribbean area.
The Land Use and Environmental Change Institute (LUECI) Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing Lab has state-of-the-art facilities to allow for the spatial analysis of data collected from Earth-observing remote sensing platforms and field studies in order to study land use/land cover change and long-term climatic variability. Open to all students and faculty, it is designed to promote interdisciplinary studies in climate-environment-human interactions.
Library Resources at UF
- Art and Archaeology at UF Library Guides
- All Things Archaeological at UF Library Guides
- Florida Archaeology Links
Photo Credits: Important Synergies Photo 1 Courtesy of Scott Hussey; 3-D Reconstruction Image Courtesy of Susan Gillespie