COMMITTED TO SCHOLARLY RESEARCH, EDUCATION, AND PUBLIC OUTREACH
The goal of the University of North Florida (UNF) Archaeology Lab is to enrich our knowledge and understanding of the archaeology of northeastern Florida and surrounding areas. As part of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, the Archaeology Lab offers challenging learning and faculty-directed research opportunities for UNF students. The laboratory provides students with hands-on experience in both archaeological fieldwork and laboratory analysis. Field and laboratory settings blend academic teaching with research-oriented objectives that benefit both faculty and students. The UNF Archaeology Lab is currently involved in four somewhat interrelated research projects that together cover the period A.D. 900-1700.
Just as important as scholarly research is our commitment to public education. The public deserves to know the colorful and vibrant story of the Indigenous peoples who thrived in communities that now lay beneath their feet. Archaeological research over the past decade has challenged conventional thinking on Native American culture in northeastern Florida and altered the way we interpret many aspects of their way of life. Unfortunately, little of this new archaeological information has reached the public and a part of the Archaeology Lab's mission is to educate and broaden this knowledge.
THE SCIENCE OF...
focuses on science and nature in Northeast Florida.
From Jacksonville to Cahokia... Archaeology unearths Native American trading networks.
Did you know that Cahokia was the largest population density north of Mexico until Philadelphia in the 1800's? And that trading reached far and wide, all the way to the Mill Cove complex in what is now now Jacksonville Florida? Join Dr. Keith Ashley, University of North Florida Assistant Professor of Archaeology as he shares recent findings unearthed from Northeast Florida in a fascinating tale that can only be told through the intersections of meticulous digging, chemical and physical analyses, history, and collaborative top-notch sleuthing.