Division of Anthropology & Archaeology

Archaeology Students conducting field work at the Luna Settlement site as part of the 2016 field work

Division of Anthropology and Archaeology

UWF's Division of Anthropology and Archaeology includes the disciplines of anthropology, archaeology, and sociology.

Students perform underwater excavations during a maritime field school

The Division of Anthropology and Archaeology includes the disciplines of anthropology, archaeology, and sociology. The Division consists of four integrated units:

The Department of Anthropology boasts numerous full-time faculty and research specialists who teach a wide variety of courses. Students can earn a Bachelor's degree in anthropology from the Department with a specialization in general anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, or cultural anthropology.  We are especially proud of the hands-on opportunities that help prepare students for graduate study and for employment in both the private sector and government agencies.

The Department also offers a Master's degree, which allows students to choose from two programs: general anthropology (archaeology, biological, cultural) and historical archaeology.  The primary objectives of our master's program are to prepare graduates to be successful in the workforce and to enter doctoral programs. The master's degree consists of both coursework and a thesis capstone project. Over 90 percent of our graduates are employed in their field or are accepted into doctoral programs.

Division News

Map of Pensacola bay region with a detailed bathymetric image of a section of submerged channel off shore in the gulf of mexico.

Short-course Submerged Paleolandscapes

UWF is offering a for-credit short course on submerged paleolandscapes August 3-7, 2020 in Pensacola, Florida. The course is open to both current students and professionals through the UWF Continuing Education program.  Please see the Submerged Paleolandscapes flyer for full description. For More info contact: Dr. Ramie Gougeon - rgougeon@uwf.edu

Dr. Miller Wolf selected for a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant

Dr. Katherine Miller Wolf, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of West Florida, is the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant. Miller Wolf will teach students from the National Autonomous University of Honduras at an archaeological site in Copan, Honduras from May to December 2020. For more information see the UWF Newsroom

Dr. Allysha Carson and Shyiesha Carson pose with two members of the SRC CSI Team
Dr. Allysha Winburn and Shyiesha Carson pose with two members of the Santa Rosa County CSI team after receiving their award.

Dr. Winburn and Graduate Student Shyiesha Carson receive Community Support Award

Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson presented Dr. Winburn and graduate student Shyiesha Carson a Community Support Award in recognition of their collaborative work with this agency in 2018.  Dr. Winburn (second from left) and Ms. Carson (holding award) are shown here with members of the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Unit.

Brown Bag Lecture March 1st

The Department of Anthropology is hosting Mississippi State University archaeologist Dr. Shane Miller. His talk, "Five Big Questions for the Paleoindian and Early Archaic Southeast," will explore the Pleistocene colonization of North America. The American Southeast is uniquely situated to address five questions: 1) who were the first Native Americans, 2) how did they get here 3) and when, 4) how did they adapt to new environments and climate changes, and 5) then what?
Friday, March 1, 2019, noon - 1 p.m., Building 13, Room 230

two students digging on deluna site
Undergraduate and Graduate Students work together in the UWF summer field school program.

Looking for Clues: Archaeology students contributed to Luna Settlement research during summer field school

In 1559, Tristán de Luna y Arellano led 1,500 Spanish colonizers to settle in Pensacola on their way to South Carolina. Spread across a rectangular stretch of flat land measuring 300 by 250 meters, the settlement included soldiers and a few of their families.

This summer, a Division of Anthropology and Archaeology field school gave graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to get their hands dirty—literally and figuratively—at the Luna site.

Read more about the excavation of the Luna Settlement during the 2018 UWF summer field school.

UWF Military Veteran's Resource Center
UWF Military Veteran's Resource Center

Archaeology student pursues studies while serving country

Malachi Berry has been interested in the field of archaeology since he was a child and his grandfather took him to see paleontological exhibits. Now, Berry is following that passion as an archaeology major at UWF. Between those childhood days with his grandfather and his start at UWF, Berry served for five years in the United States Marine Corps. 

Read more about Berrys academic experience in the military.

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Tom Garner, Research Assistant

UWF Announces Luna Discovery

Site of First Multi-year European Settlement in the U.S. Identified by University of West Florida Archaeology Program

The University of West Florida archaeology program recently identified the archaeological site of the Luna settlement – the first multi-year European settlement in the United States – in a developed neighborhood in Pensacola. The artifacts discovered are evidence of the Spanish settlement by Tristán de Luna y Arellano from 1559 to 1561, the earliest multi-year European colonial settlement ever archaeologically identified in the United States.

Read more at the UWF Newsroom, and for full coverage, including the Luna history and the UWF Luna Settlement Media Kit, visit uwf.edu/luna. 

Other Division News:

  • Graduate student participates in Project Archaeology workshop in Huntsville, AL - Jennifer Knutson assisted with developing a curriculum for the Painted Bluff Archaeological Site
  • UWF Archaeology Institute Receives Grant to Explore Spanish Fleet in Pensacola Bay -- The UWF Archaeology Institute recently received a Special Category Grant totaling more than $290,000 from the Florida Division of Historical Resources to explore a Spanish fleet associated with Tristan de Luna from the 1500s. (Click here to read more...)
  • ‌UWF Archaeologists 3D Scanning and Printing the Past -- Using two scanners and two printers, archaeologists and graduate students are digitizing and printing artifacts and bones from the Division's collection. (Click here to read more...)