Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Florida
Dissertation: Interaction, Population Movement, and Political Economy: The Changing Social Landscape of Northeastern Florida (A.D. 900-1500)

M.S. Anthropology, Florida State University
Thesis: Effects of European and American Colonization of the Southeast on Upper Creek Indian Settlement Patterns

B.A. Anthropology, Auburn University


Research Focus
Southeastern U.S. and Florida Archaeology, Historical Process, Political and Ritual Economy, Culture Contact and Long-Distance Interactions, Field and Laboratory Methodology

Keith Ashley is an assistant professor of Anthropology. I grew up in northern Florida and moved north to attend Auburn University, where I received a B.A. in Anthropology. I returned to the sunshine state to earn a M.S. from Florida State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida. Over the past 20 years, I have been involved in archaeological excavation and research throughout the southeastern U.S. Field projects have ranged from 4000 year-old shell middens along the Atlantic coast to 17th century Creek Indian villages in central Alabama.

Research Interests
My current interests focus on the cultures and histories of the indigenous peoples of southeastern North America, particularly Florida. Presently, I am exploring the involvement of St. Johns fisher-hunter-gatherers in the broader world of farmers throughout the Southeast during the tenth through thirteenth centuries A.D. I am also involved in researching the 16th and 17th century social landscape of the indigenous Mocama-speaking Timucua of northeastern Florida and southeastern Georgia. Although the history of the past peoples I study is specific to northeastern Florida, the theories and concepts I engage are of broader anthropological interest.

Beyond research and teaching, my aim is to draw UNF students into “hands-on” archaeology through fieldwork and laboratory analysis in an effort to prepare them for graduate school and a career in archaeology.

I have published my research in a variety of national, regional, and state journals as well as books. I am co-editor of the volume Late Prehistoric Florida: Archaeology on the Edge of the Mississippian World published by The University Press of Florida.