ANT4115: Archaeological Research Strategies
This course is an intensive survey of archaeological theory and research methods. It is intended for students interested in anthropology and the practice of archaeology. The course is designed as a seminar emphasizing discussions of weekly readings and student papers. This is not a hands-on lab or fieldwork course, but rather, we focus on the theoretical underpinnings of archaeology and the scientific method.


ANT4821: Archaeological Field Methods
This course is a summer archaeological field school. This 6-week field practicum offers an extraordinary opportunity to gain hands-on experience in archaeological fieldwork. Its objectives are to allow students to develop a better understanding of how archaeology is practiced and to explore how people in the past lived and interacted with their natural and cultural worlds. Students will learn basic field techniques, including survey shovel testing, unit and block excavation, mapping, record keeping, and the use of survey/mapping equipment.
Repeatability: This course is repeatable up to a total of nine credits.


ANT4180: Archaeological Laboratory Methods
This course introduces students to the concepts and techniques of archaeological laboratory methods. Through this course, students gain hands-on experience and learn how to properly catalogue and analyze a range of archaeological materials, including stone, bone, shell, and ceramics. The course stresses qualitative and quantitative methods and the integration among laboratory analysis, fieldwork, research design, and archaeological interpretation.


ANT4158: Florida Archaeology
Through archaeology, this course traces the development and diversification of Florida’s rich Native American cultural heritage over the past 14,000 years. It covers the lengthy time span from the initial colonization of Florida by paleoindians through the various hunting-gathering and farming cultures of the state to the arrival of European explorers and colonists in the sixteenth century. Students discover the cultures, interactions and social relations, technologies, arts, and significant contributions of Native peoples throughout precolumbian Florida.

ANT3101: Fundamentals of Archaeology
Archaeology is one of the four fundamental sub-fields of Anthropology in the United States. This course covers the fundamental analytical methods that have been and are currently employed by archaeologists to reconstruct past life ways, cultures, and societies. In particular, this course will explore the material culture studies and other evidence used by archaeologists. Topics of inquiry include excavation procedures, sites survey, dating techniques, site formation processes, paleo-environmental reconstruction, artifact analysis, and key laboratory techniques. Additionally, the course will cover the history of archaeological legislation and regulations that apply to public archaeology, ethical principles of archaeological practice, and the basics of curation and museumology. Finally throughout the semester, we will explore the importance and relevance of archaeology to the modern world.


ANT3311: FC - Indians of the Southeastern United States
This course investigates the indigenous populations of the Southeastern United States. Material covered ranges from the prehistoric record to European Contact to the historic transformation and/or destruction of these groups. This class covers a broad range of topics and native groups.


ANT3312: (CD) (FC) North American Indians
This course examines selected Indian groups from a holistic perspective and compares different cultural complexes. Particular attention will be given to religion, world view, kinship, politics and economic subsistence patterns. A study of aboriginal Indian cultures will be used as a basis for comparison with current American cultures.


ANT4931: (Special Topics in Anthropology) Public Archaeology
Today’s archaeologists deal with a wide range of publics that include interested persons, landowners, descendent communities, museums, politicians, and government agencies (local, state, and federal) to name a few. It is important that archaeologists engage and cultivate relationships with each of these audiences. Within the realm of archaeology, this course explores how archaeologists reach, interact, and involve the many different publics in the presentation of the past. Specifically we will cover issues such as preservation law and process, cultural resource management (applied archaeology), ethics, collection and looting, public outreach and education, interpretation and presentation via museums and other exhibits, tourism, and community or civic engagement.


Natives and Newcomers

Rolling on the River: History of the St. Johns River


Archaeology courses are open to the public from time to time.
For more information contact Dr. Keith Ashley at