Archaeological Collections at the University of West Florida

Author(s): Elizabeth Benchley; Norine Carroll

Year: 2016


The Archaeology Institute at the University of West Florida in Pensacola includes a regional archaeological museum and curation facility. Approximately 450 archeological collections and associated project archives from terrestrial and underwater sites are available to researchers and students. Projects conducted by the Institute along the northern Gulf Coast since the 1980s, and more recently by the Department of Anthropology, include Prehistoric through Industrial era archaeological sites including settlements, mills, forts, cemeteries, and shipwrecks. Collections of note come from excavations at three First Spanish presidios (1698-1763), one Spanish mission (1750s), and a British (1763-1781) and Second Spanish town (1781-1821). Shipwrecks include several First Spanish examples (1559, 1705), and ships from the American era used in the fishing, lumbering, brick-making and transportation industries. The Institute also curates collections from other parts of Florida and Alabama. Collections are regularly accessed by UWF and outside researchers and students for reanalysis and reinterpretation. Public access to collections is available through exhibits and hands-on volunteer opportunities in the laboratory.

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Archaeological Collections at the University of West Florida. Elizabeth Benchley, Norine Carroll. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 402987)

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Geographic Keywords
North America - Southeast

Spatial Coverage

min long: -91.274; min lat: 24.847 ; max long: -72.642; max lat: 36.386 ;