Hyatt and Cici Brown Professor of Florida Archaeology




Turlington Hall, Room B372

(352) 294-7601

PO Box 117305
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-7305





Laboratory of Southeastern Archaeology

(352) 392-6772

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Research Interests

I am an archaeologist with specialties in the Archaic and Woodland periods of the American Southeast, technological change, and community patterning. I spent most of the 1990s conducting field research in the middle Savannah River valley of Georgia and South Carolina.  Since arriving in Florida in 1998, I have spent most summers in the middle St. Johns River valley of northeast Florida, where field schools have been directed toward the study of the region’s oldest shell mounds and associated sites.  In 2009 I launched the Lower Suwannee Archaeological Survey on the northern Gulf coast of Florida to investigate a record of maritime living that continues to be diminished by rising seas.  Relating the experiences of indigenous coastal dwellers over the past 4000 years to contemporary challenges of sea-level rise is among the project’s chief goals.

Archaeology to me is a unique blend of science and humanities. A systematic, empirical approach to research is necessary to wrest information from the faint residues of ancient times, but it takes imagination and a deep understanding of cultural variation to render this information relevant. I am committed to strengthening the integration of archaeology and anthropology, as I view the former as long-term ethnography and draw inspiration from theory that enables me to explore the relationship between the structural components of culture and the real human experiences that reproduce and transform structure.

Selected Publications

Northern Gulf Coastal Archaeology of the Here and Now. 2014. Kenneth E. Sassaman, Paulette S. McFadden, Micah P. Monés, Andrea Palmiotto, and Asa R. Randall. In New Histories of Precolumbian Florida, edited by N.J. Wallis and A.R. Randall. University Press of Florida, Gainesville (in press).

In the Unlikely Event: Method for Temporalizing the Experience of Change. 2014. Kenneth E. Sassaman, Kenneth E., and Jason M. O’Donoughue. In The Archaeology of Events: Cultural Change and Continuity in the Pre-Columbian Southeast, edited by Z.I. Gilmore and J.M. O’Donoughue. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa (in press).

Drowning Out the Past: How Humans Historicize Water and Water Historicizes Them. 2013. In Big Histories, Human Lives: Tackling Problems of Scale in Archaeology, edited by J. E. Robb and T. R. Pauketat, pp.171-192. School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe.

Recent Developments in Southeastern Archaeology: From Colonization to Complexity. 2012. David G. Anderson and Kenneth E. Sassaman. Society forAmerican Archaeology Press, Washington, D.C.

Futurologists Look Back. 2012. Archaeologies 8:250-268.

Shell Mounds of the Middle St. Johns Basin, Northeast Florida. 2012. Kenneth E. Sassaman and Asa R. Randall. In Early New World Monumentality, edited by R. Burger and R. Rosenswig, pp. 53-77. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.

Hunter-Gatherer Archaeology as Historical Process. 2011. Kenneth E. Sassaman and Donald H. Holly, Jr. (editors). University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

The Eastern Archaic, Historicized. 2010. AltaMira, Lanham, MD.


North American Archaeology (ANT 3153)
Hunter-Gatherers (ANG 6930)
Southeastern U.S. Prehistory (ANG 6930)
Archaeology of Alternative Futures (ANG 6930)

Associate Professor and Department Chair, Department of Anthropology

Office: Turlington Hall, B135
Phone: (352) 294-7593


  • Ph.D. Penn State University, 1999
  • M.A. University of Arkansas, 1994
  • B.A. Bowdoin College, 1990

Research Interests

Cultural anthropology, human development, human ecology, hunting and gathering societies, Canadian Arctic, contemporary Inuit peoples

Personal Statement

Dr. Collings’ research focuses on the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic. Though his research interests are varied, they revolve around two central themes, human development and human ecology.

The human development dimension draws on traditions in psychological anthropology and the anthropology of aging, and addresses the influence of historical time, social change and economic success on different age cohorts, on the structure of the Inuit life course, and on Inuit conceptions of successful aging.

The human ecology dimension of his research addresses the economics of contemporary subsistence, the influence of externally imposed regulations on foraging activities, change and continuity in food sharing practices within the context of climate change, and, most recently, the relationships between food insecurity and health and mental health.

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Selected Publications

Collings, Peter. 2019. Technological Adaptation and Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Ulukhaktok, NT, Canada. Hunter-Gatherer Research 3(4):697-715. Available at:

Collings, Peter, Tristan Pearce, and Joseph Kann. 2018. “We don’t know anything about whales:” Ecological Knowledge” and ways of knowing in Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories, Canada. Arctic Science 4(3):223-241. Available at:

Fawcett, David, Tristan Pearce, Roland Notaina, James D. Ford, and Peter Collings. 2018. Inuit Adaptability to Changing Environmental Conditions Over an 11-Year Period in Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories. Polar Record 54(275):119-132. Available at:

Waugh, Devin, Tristan Pearce, Sonja Ostertag, Peter Collings, and Lisa Loseto. 2018. Inuvialuit Traditional Ecological Knowledge of Beluga Whale (Delphinapterus leucas) Under Changing Climatic Conditions in Tuktoyaktuk, NT. Arctic Science 4(3):242-258.
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Collings, Peter, Meredith G. Marten, Tristan Pearce, and Alyson Young. 2016. Food Insecurity, Sharing Networks, and Female-Headed Households in Arctic Canada. Ecology of Food and Nutrition 55(1):30-49.

Collings, Peter. 2014. Becoming Inummarik: Men’s Lives in an Inuit Community. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Collings, Peter. 2011. Economic Strategies, Community, and Food Networks in Ulukhaktok, NT, Canada. Arctic. 64(2):207-219.

Collings, Peter. 2009a. Birth Order, Age, and Hunting Success in the Canadian Arctic. Human Nature 20(4):254-274.

Collings, Peter. 2009b. Participant Observation, Phased Assertion, and Fieldwork with Inuit. Field Methods 21(2): 133-153.

Collings, Peter. 2005. Housing Policy, Aging, and Life Course Construction in a Canadian Inuit Community. Arctic Anthropology 42(2):50-65.

Collings, Peter. 2001. “If You Got Everything, It’s Good Enough:” Inuit Perspectives on Successful Aging. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology 16:127-155.

Collings, Peter. 2000. Aging and Life Course Development in an Inuit Community. Arctic Anthropology 37(2):111-125.

Collings, Peter, George Wenzel, and Richard G. Condon. 1998. Modern Food Sharing Networks and Community Integration in the Central Canadian Arctic. Arctic 51(4):301-314.

Condon, Richard G., Peter Collings, and George Wenzel. 1995. The Best Part of Life: Subsistence Hunting, Ethnic Identity, and Economic Adaptation among Young Adult Inuit Males. Arctic 48:31-46.

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Professor Emeritus of Anthropology 
Grinter Hall, Room 301


  • Ph.D., University of Texas
  • B.A., University of Michigan

Research Interests

Tropical conservation and development, gender and development

Personal Statement

She has authored (with Charles H. Wood) Contested Frontiers in Amazonia (Columbia University Press, 1992),in addition to four edited books, and dozens of articles, book chapters, and reports. Since 1990, Dr. Schmink has directed a collaborative research program in Acre, Brazil, focused on community-based resource management. She has worked on issues related to gender and development for over twenty years. Dr. Schmink has had major grants from the Mellon Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, and Moore Foundation to support collaborative research and training programs at UF.