Field School

SUMMER A 2021 ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOL

Monday, May 10 – Friday, June 18

Field School will be held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

For detailed information with course titles, credit hours and specific meeting times, view the Field School flyer

This fall's fieldwork will focus on the Armellino site (8DU631) at the south end of Big Talbot Island, within Big Talbot Island State Park. This site is the archaeological location of the Mocama village of Sarabay.

The UNF Summer A Archaeological Field School is a 6-week field practicum that 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 archaeologists practice undertaken fieldwork and to explore the histories and lives of past indigenous peoples of northeastern Florida. Students learn basic field techniques, including survey shovel testing, unit and block excavation, mapping, record keeping, and the use of survey/mapping equipment. The focus is on fieldwork, although we will spend rain days and some other days in the UNF Archaeology Lab.

UNF Field School students working

The field school runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (Monday, May 10 – Friday, June 18). Those students taking the course for 6 hours credit are required to devote 30 hours a week to fieldwork, and those taking it for 3 hours credit are required to dedicate 15 hours a week to field time. No prior archaeological experience is necessary to take this class, but it does help if you have taken an introductory archaeology course. This is not a typical university class occurring inside an air-conditioned building. We will be spending most of our time outdoors in the Florida heat and humidity, with various woodland creatures (animals and insects) also in attendance.

UNF Field School students working

Field Location
This summer’s fieldwork will focus on the Armellino site (8DU631) at the south end of Big Talbot Island, within Big Talbot Island State Park. This site is the archaeological location of the Mocama village of Sarabay. A maritime forest, with dense vegetation in areas, covers most of the site. The Park is located about 35 minutes from campus. Because the site is located on State Park lands, we must adhere to State of Florida rules and regulations. For more information, visit the Big Talbot Island State Park website.

UNF Field School students working

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