Florida Public Archaeology Network - Northwest Region

The Northwest Region includes Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jacks

11/30/2023

Do you want to be a part of one of the most important conversations in Florida regarding climate impacts to cultural heritage? Don't miss this opportunity!

Several excellent tours, a fantastic keynote speaker, and other engaging opportunities are also being offered as a part of this year's Tidally Summit: https://www.fpan.us/projects/tidally/

Registration for the 2023 Tidally United Summit, December 5th - 7th in Cape Canaveral, is still open! Please go to https://buff.ly/40myqkb to register for this event! We'd love to see you there!

The 2023 Tidally United Summit offers a great day of discussion around climate issues and cultural resources, including a Keynote Luncheon from none other than Dr. Marcy Rockman, as well as airboat rides, a shoreline monitoring workshop, and more! Register now to be a part of this fantastic event!

Photos from Florida Public Archaeology Network - Northwest Region's post 11/29/2023

Today, FPAN is participating in a public event at Pensacola’s Miraflores Park to talk with community members about the ground penetrating radar (GPR) survey that is happening there this week. The survey was initiated by the City of Pensacola with funding support from the National Park Service in response to the discovery of archaeological human remains from two individuals in the Park in June 2021. TerraXplorations, Inc. is conducting the survey and analyzing data on behalf of the City.

As a result of preliminary determinations made during this week’s survey, the City of Pensacola held a press release at 11:15am. During the press release, the City’s Mayor D.C. Reeves and Historic Preservation Planner Adrianne Walker made the announcement that several lines of evidence now suggest that there is indeed an historic burial ground under portions of Miraflores Park. These conclusions are preliminary, however, and more details will be released as survey data is reviewed and analyzed.

If you’d like to stop Miraflores Park today to talk more about the survey process and how we can collectively care for historic cemeteries across Florida, FPAN will be on site until 2:00pm! Miraflores Park is located at 1601 E La Rua Street, Pensacola, FL 32501.

For more information on the history of the land on which the Park now sits, check out the City’s great ArcGIS StoryMap: https://www.cityofpensacola.com/3415/Miraflores-Burial-Ground-Study

City of Pensacola - Government | TerraXplorations, Inc. | National Park Service | University of West Florida | UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities | University of West Florida Archaeology Institute

Archeologist highlights three shipwrecks off the coastline of the Panhandle | mypanhandle.com 11/29/2023

Thank you so much to the Historical Society of Bay County, FL and the Bay County Public Library for hosting FPAN's Nicole Grinnan on a chilly Monday night this week!

With a crowd of over 100 people and standing room only, we explored northwest Florida's incredible underwater archaeology. In particular, we talked about three shipwrecks that are part of Florida's Underwater Archaeological Preserves: USS Massachusetts, SS Tarpon, and Vamar. The group also got a special treat when Captain James Logan Main talked about his experiences in deploying the permanent plaque that currently sits on the site of SS Tarpon in 95 feet of water. Captain Main worked alongside representatives from the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research's Underwater Archaeology Team to deploy the plaque when SS Tarpon became a Preserve in 1997.

To learn more about these wrecks and *all* of the incredible Preserve shipwrecks, visit https://museumsinthesea.com/

University of West Florida | UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities | Florida Division of Historical Resources

Archeologist highlights three shipwrecks off the coastline of the Panhandle | mypanhandle.com PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — There are hundreds of shipwrecks all over the Gulf of Mexico. Local history buffs learned about three of the most interesting ones in our area from an expert on the subje…

11/28/2023

Tomorrow, FPAN will be assisting the City of Pensacola - Government by welcoming the public to Pensacola's Miraflores Park during a week-long ground penetrating radar (GPR) survey! We will be on site from 10:00am-2:00pm sharing information about historic cemetery preservation, GPR survey methods in cemeteries, and local historic cemetery resources.

Why will we be out at Miraflores Park? In June 2021, human remains of two individuals were discovered by a local Boy Scout troop in the crawl space underneath the Boy Scout Building at Miraflores Park. Local authorities were contacted and a field investigation revealed that the remains were older than 75 years, meaning they were not from a modern, forensic case. Ongoing research has identified multiple historic documents including newspaper articles, meeting minutes, legal records, and a map indicating that Havana Square (now Miraflores Park) was used as an African American or Creole burial ground during the 19th century. In historic Pensacola, Creole refers to an individual that is of European, namely Spanish or French, and African descent.

Earlier this year, the City of Pensacola received a grant from the National Park Service to fund this ground penetrating radar survey, as well as final interpretation of the survey results and archival research.

For more information about the project, including a Miraflores Burial Ground Study GIS StoryMap, visit https://www.cityofpensacola.com/3415/Miraflores-Burial-Ground-Study

University of West Florida | UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities | TerraXplorations, Inc.

11/27/2023

Join me tonight at the Bay County Public Library as we discover "Shipwrecks of Northwest Florida!" The talk will begin at 6:00pm and last approximately one hour, with time for questions.

See below for more information or visit https://www.fpan.us/events/shipwrecks-of-northwest-florida-presentation/

University of West Florida | UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities | Florida Division of Historical Resources | Visit Panama City Beach

The Historical Society of Bay County will host Archaeologist Nicole Grinnon of the Florida Archaeological Network on Monday, November 27 at 6 p.m. at the Bay County Public Library, 898 W. 11th Street. Ms. Grinnon will present a program titled “Shipwrecks of Northwest Florida” as part of Florida Archaeology Month. Hundreds of ships are buried in our Gulf waters. She will feature three ships in her presentation, the USS Massachusetts, the nation’s oldest battleship sunk for target practice off Pensacola, SS Tarpon, a merchant vessel famous for its weekly trips between Mobile and Panama City until it was lost in a gale, and the Vamar, sunk at Port St. Joe under mysterious circumstances during World War II. The program is free and open to the public.

Timeline photos 11/09/2023

Our colleagues with Florida Public Archaeology Network - Northeast & East Central Regions are gearing up for a truly awesome 2023 Tidally United Summit in partnership with the City of Cape Canaveral- Government. Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of the climate impact conversation! Click below for more details.

Registration for the 2023 Tidally United Summit, December 5th - 7th in Cape Canaveral, is live! Please go to https://buff.ly/40myqkb to register for this event!

The 2023 Tidally United Summit offers a great day of discussion around climate issues and cultural resources, including a Keynote Luncheon from none other than Dr. Marcy Rockman, as well as a tour of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse and Space Force Station, airboat rides, a shoreline monitoring workshop, and more! Register now to be a part of this fantastic event!

*Want to present at Tidally United 2023? Our Call for Papers is still open! Submit an abstract https://buff.ly/3My0Lyt.

Photos from Florida Public Archaeology Network - Northwest Region's post 11/02/2023

This week, our Florida Master Naturalist Program Uplands Course had its last field visit of the year. We went to a place where FPAN staff spent a lot of time monitoring archaeological sites during the pandemic: Blackwater River State Forest!

Led by fantastic guides from the State Forest, we explored what a well-managed Longleaf pine forest looks like. Using a core probe and counting tree rings, we identified what was likely one of the oldest trees in the Forest at around 107 years old! If that doesn’t sound old to you, it’s important to remember that Longleaf pine forests were intensively logged around the turn of the 20th century. Exploited for lumber and turpentine (generally used to seal wood and repair ships), these slow growing Longleaf habitats were once decimated. While arvesting still happens today in the Forest, proactive management ensures continued growth and habitat protection for other critical species.

Speaking of other species, our group also had the opportunity to learn about how the State Forest is monitoring its population of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers (an endangered species). For our last stop, we explored a fabulous uplands pitcher plant bog that was showing off some beautiful fall color!

Thank you to the Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties UF/IFAS Extension Offices for providing us with these fantastic opportunities through the Florida Master Naturalist Program! If you like getting outside and learning about the incredible places around us, consider joining future programs: https://masternaturalist.ifas.ufl.edu

University of West Florida | UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities | Escambia Extension | Santa Rosa County Extension | Florida Forest Service - Blackwater Forestry Center | Florida Forest Service

11/01/2023

The November edition of our "Archaeology Digs" e-newsletter has arrived!

Click below to learn more about everything we've got planned, including upcoming events, opportunities to discover local archaeology, and our next Heritage Hikes program!

https://mailchi.mp/flpublicarchaeology/fpan-northwest-archaeologydigs-november2023

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University of West Florida | UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Photos from Florida Public Archaeology Network - Northwest Region's post 10/25/2023

This October, FPAN staff have had the amazing opportunity to participate in the Escambia and Santa Rosa County UF/IFAS Extension Offices' Florida Master Naturalist Program Uplands Course! As a part of the course, we visit locations in Northwest Florida with uplands habitats so that we can learn more about flora and fauna, as well as the management of these natural areas.

How does that fit in with archaeology? People have lived in these environments for thousands of years, utilizing natural resources for food, shelter, and (eventually) their economic livelihoods. We are taking this course to understand our local ecosystems so that we can better interpret human history in Northwest Florida.

As a part of our field trips yesterday, we visited two incredible places in Walton County: the Glendale Memorial Nature Preserve and the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. At Glendale, we explored well-managed longleaf pine stands and truly impressive natural burial practices at the site. At the Biophilia Center, we toured educational facilities and met many of the rescue animals that now call the center home.

The highlight of our day? FPAN's Mike and Nicole were given the opportunity to use an excavator to dig a natural burial plot! That's certainly not the excavating we're used to...

University of West Florida | UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities | Escambia Extension | Santa Rosa County Extension | Glendale Memorial Nature Preserve | E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center

Photos from Florida Public Archaeology Network - Northwest Region's post 10/16/2023

After a wildly busy week, FPAN staff finally slowed down last Friday for our latest kayak tour along Thompson Bayou!

We partnered with the UF/IFAS Escambia Extension for this Panhandle Outdoors Live program, inviting UWF Department of Anthropology and Archaeology Institute’s Dr. Ramie Gougeon to join us for additional archaeological expertise on the nearby site of a previous field school. Together, we lead 20 kayaks, canoes, and SUPs along a 2.8-mile stretch from the UWF Edward Ball Nature Trail along Thompson Bayou to the Escambia River. Our group explored local ecology, flora and fauna, the archaeology of sites going back nearly 2,000 years, and the historical significance of these local waterways! Although the forecast initially threw us off, we ended up with perfect paddling weather 🛶

Thank you to our program partners for helping us interpret the amazing natural and cultural resources in and along our area waterways. A special thanks also to our participants for being willing to come along. We hope to see you on the water again soon!

University of West Florida | UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities | University of West Florida Campus Field School | Outdoor Gulf Coast

10/05/2023

The October edition of our "Archaeology Digs" e-newsletter has arrived!

Click below to learn more about everything we've got planned, including upcoming events, opportunities to discover local archaeology, and our next Archaeology After School program!

https://buff.ly/3tsIfk8

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University of West Florida | UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

10/02/2023

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that we have been awarded a Pensacola & Perdido Bays Estuary Program Community Grant for the 2023-2024 period! Our team at FPAN, consisting of Nicole Grinnan, Mike Thomin, and Taylor Brown, worked diligently to secure this grant, which will be instrumental in enhancing one of the exhibits at our Destination Archaeology Resource Center.

The grant will fund the design and installation of a new exhibit that will educate visitors about the relationship between humans and estuaries in the Pensacola, Florida area from the pre-contact period to the present. The exhibit will highlight archaeological evidence from shell mound and midden sites, as well as later archaeological sites, within the Pensacola and Perdido Bays watershed. Thanks so much to PPBEP!

University of West Florida | UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities | City of Pensacola - Government | Escambia County | Escambia Extension | Santa Rosa County Extension

🥳 Please help us congratulate one of our 2023-2024 recipients, Florida Public Archaeology Network - Northwest Region, for their project, Interpreting Pensacola and Perdido Bays Through Archaeological Research and Museum Engagement!

📚This grant will fund the design and installation of a new exhibit that will educate visitors to the Florida Public Archaeology Network’s Destination Archaeology Resource Center about the relationship between humans and estuaries in the Pensacola, Florida area from the pre-contact period to the present.

🦪To better understand both ecosystem services and cultural impacts on estuaries over such a long span of time, the exhibit will highlight archaeological evidence from shell mound and midden sites, as well as later archaeological sites, within the Pensacola and Perdido Bays watershed.

Particular attention will be paid to resource extraction, including the transitions from hunting and gathering practices to commercial exploitation to modern management approaches in resource sustainability and ecosystem resilience.

🔬In addition to creating new interpretive graphics and text and updating existing displays, as well as featuring a screen to play videos about the historic use of the estuaries, the exhibit will include an accessible, hands-on component: two digital microscopes that visitors can use to examine materials from local archaeological sites.

This exhibit will be viewed by individual visitors to the Resource Center, at no cost, as well as by groups during FPAN staff and graduate student assistant-led tours.

Photos from Florida Public Archaeology Network - Northwest Region's post 09/23/2023

The first ever Conference on Public Archaeology has been an incredible success thus far! Over 180 colleagues, guests, community members, and students have joined us to discuss some of the most pressing topics in archaeology, public archaeology, and heritage resources management.

Yesterday, the Conference opened with a provoking keynote by Dr. Barbara J. Little (University of Maryland). Afterward, attendees participated in 12 panel and workshop sessions throughout the day with an exciting opportunity to network during the evening's reception and poster session. The best part? We still have one day left!

If you were unable to attend but are interested in providing input on the future of the Public Archaeology Conference, we welcome you to Zoom in to our one-hour meeting this evening at 5:30pm CT. We would love to know your thoughts on how to move these meetings forward after 2023 and what they should look like: https://buff.ly/3Pt3b26

Many thanks again to our generous sponsors for the event: Recon Offshore, ,

Timeline photos 09/19/2023

The Tidally United 2023 call for papers now open!

We are currently inviting submissions of paper and poster presentations on topics related to climate science, planning, resiliency, and the protection of heritage and culture from climate change. We encourage you to submit if you have new research, methods, or discussions on protecting sites from the impacts of climate change, or successful collaborations between archaeologists, climate scientists, and local communities. We particularly welcome speakers from diverse backgrounds and case studies that highlight the need for more work done for underserved communities, tribal, and other indigenous groups.

Papers will be 15 minutes in length and take place on Wednesday, December 6, in person at the City of Cape Canaveral CAPE Center (preferred) or via Zoom. Posters will be shared in person during a poster reception Wednesday evening, December 6 at the CAPE Center.

Please submit 100 word abstract by October 31, 2023 at https://buff.ly/3ZzW0tH

Florida Public Archaeology Network - Northeast & East Central Regions | City of Cape Canaveral- Government | University of West Florida | UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Timeline photos 09/16/2023

We had a perfectly cloudy and calm morning on Pensacola Bay yesterday for our kayak tour in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month!

Our tour explored the legacy of Spain's influence on Pensacola and Northwest Florida, as well as the contributions of Latine Americans to the communities in which we live today. We also took time to consider the landscape of Pensacola Bay and how these landscapes can directly connect us to people in the past.

A special thank you to those who joined us. We hope to see you again soon!

For more events celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month (including virtual Cafecito Lectures hosted by the Florida Public Archaeology Network - Southwest Region), be sure to visit the FPAN website: https://buff.ly/3LnxWnC

University of West Florida | UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities | Visit Pensacola

Timeline photos 09/13/2023

Although registration for the upcoming Conference on Public Archaeology is now closed, did you know that several conference sessions are being live streamed at no cost? This means anyone can listen in regardless of where they are!

Visit the conference webpage over the next week via the link below to check on which sessions are being live streamed and when, as well information on how to access the live stream.

If not in person, we hope to see you virtually!

https://buff.ly/3LiE68w



Thanks to our hosts and sponsors:
University of West Florida | RECON Offshore | Historic Pensacola | UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Photos from NOAA Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary's post 09/08/2023

How can education about submerged archaeological sites lead to their protection and preservation over time?

Read the post below from our friends with the NOAA Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to see how our Heritage Awareness Diving Seminar (HADS) has helped empower local divers to work with the Sanctuary to record new sites!

University of West Florida | UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities | Florida Division of Historical Resources | Florida Public Archaeology Network - West Central Region | Florida Public Archaeology Network - Southeast Region

09/01/2023

The September edition of our "Archaeology Digs" e-newsletter has arrived!

Click below to learn more about everything we've got planned, including upcoming events, opportunities to discover local archaeology, and the first Conference on Public Archaeology!

https://mailchi.mp/flpublicarchaeology/fpan-northwest-archaeologydigs-september2023

To get our e-newsletters sent straight to your inbox each month, sign up to receive them at https://www.fpan.us/regions/northwest/newsletter

University of West Florida | UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

08/23/2023

The beginning of the Fall 2023 semester has started here at the University of West Florida and that means our Public Archaeology Lab is reopening!

Beginning Monday, August 28, we are welcoming volunteers of all ages to help rough sort artifacts recovered from local archaeological sites. Volunteers work inside our air-conditioned lab with small screens, trays, brushes, magnets and other lab tools to clean and sort artifacts!

Our volunteer program is perfect for students who need volunteer hours for scholarships, individuals and groups interested in a unique way to experience local history and archaeology, as well as all of those who have dreamed of getting their hands dirty by participating in real archaeological work.

The Public Archaeology Lab will be open most Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00am-4:00pm through December 6. Due to limited space, RSVPs are required.

Visit the link below for more information and to RSVP!

https://www.fpan.us/regions/northwest/volunteer/

UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities | Pensacola Archaeological Society | UWF Graduate Anthropology Association | UWF Undergraduate Anthropology Association

08/11/2023
UWF digs into Apalachicola history for clues to Pensacola's past 08/10/2023

UWF digs into Apalachicola history for clues to Pensacola's past Archaeologists with UWF and Florida Public Archaeology Network are starting a new dig in Apalachicola to connect community's heritage with history.

Photos from Florida Public Archaeology Network - Northwest Region's post 08/05/2023

FPAN Graduate Student Assistant Bria Brooks is currently hard at work working in south Florida!

Hosted by Biscayne National Park and administered by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture's Slave Wrecks Project and Youth Diving With A Purpose, Bria's internship is helping her develop expertise and professional skills related to underwater archaeology, citizen science in submerged heritage resource management, and serving as a role model for young students.

Last week, she provided a presentation to Youth Diving With A Purpose participants to give them an inside look at professional archaeology, life as a graduate student, and the work that we do here at FPAN!

University of West Florida | UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities | Florida Public Archaeology Network - Southeast Region

Declassified SHIPWRECK Dive Site in the Gulf! 08/04/2023

Special shout out to Active Duty Outdoors for joining us on our Public Archaeology Shipwreck Tour to the San Pablo (aka the Russian Freighter) in July!

As part of the tour, we explored the ship's history, the "secret" reasons behind its sinking during WWII, and how the shipwreck plays a vital role in our local blue economy.

Click below to watch!

University of West Florida | UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities | Florida Division of Historical Resources | Emerald Ocean Dive Charters, LLC | Florida Panhandle Shipwreck Trail

Declassified SHIPWRECK Dive Site in the Gulf! The San Pablo is an amazing dive in the Gulf of Mexico. It is one of many ships on the Panhandle Shipwreck Trail and is another must do dive for all Scuba D...

UWF’s Florida Public Archaeology Network awarded $99,968 grant from NOAA’s NERRS Science Collaborative - University of West Florida Newsroom 08/02/2023

We are thrilled to announce that we are the recipients of a 2023 NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System Science Collaborative grant!

Along with researchers from several other institutions, we will be working with the Apalachicola National Research Reserve to document and monitor archaeological sites at risk of impact from climate change, as well as to work with the community to understand how they value cultural heritage in their area.

Huge thank you to Florida Public Archaeology Network - Northeast Region for your inspiration and guidance!

The project begins October 1, 2023...more updates to come shortly thereafter!

Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve - Friends of the Reserve | UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities | NAHAR | U-M Graham Sustainability Institute | University of St Andrews | Flagler College

UWF’s Florida Public Archaeology Network awarded $99,968 grant from NOAA’s NERRS Science Collaborative - University of West Florida Newsroom The Florida Public Archaeology Network, a program of the University of West Florida, has received a $99,968 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System Science Collaborative. The grant funds the project “People of the Apalachicola R...

08/01/2023

The August edition of our "Archaeology Digs" e-newsletter has arrived!

Click below to learn more about everything we've got planned, including upcoming events, opportunities to discover local archaeology, and the fall reopening of our volunteer Public Archaeology Lab!

https://mailchi.mp/flpublicarchaeology/fpan-northwest-archaeologydigs-august2023

To get our e-newsletters sent straight to your inbox each month, sign up to receive them at https://www.fpan.us/regions/northwest/newsletter

University of West Florida | UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities | University of West Florida Archaeology Institute | University of West Florida Luna Settlement Project | UWF Maritime Archaeology

Photos from Nautilus Live's post 07/28/2023

Teachers: check out this amazing resource in ocean education that you can bring to your classrooms!

Interactions are available to schedule now through December 19, 2023. Visit the original post below or the link below for more information:

https://nautiluslive.org/education/ship-to-shore-interactions?utm_medium=email&utm_source=GovDelivery

Think you found an archaeological relic? Here’s what to do 07/26/2023

What should you do if you find an archaeological artifact? 👀

That's a question we get asked a lot...and it's also featured in this recent report by WUWF! Thanks to Hunter Morrison for reaching out to us about our incredible local history and archaeology.

https://www.wuwf.org/local-news/2023-07-25/think-you-found-an-archaeological-relic-heres-what-to-do

If you ever come across anything that you think *might* be an artifact or part of a larger archaeological site, remember these very easy steps:

1️⃣ Take a photograph - preferably with a ruler or item of known size for scale
2️⃣ Take GPS coordinates - thanks to smart phones, many of us can pretty easily get coordinates wherever we are
3️⃣ Contact the local land manager or FPAN Regional Center - we can help find the appropriate people to begin documenting and recording the find if it is indeed archaeological

University of West Florida | UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities | University of West Florida Luna Settlement Project | UWF Maritime Archaeology | University of West Florida Archaeology Institute | Florida Division of Historical Resources | Gulf Islands National Seashore | Florida Public Archaeology Network - North Central Region | Florida Public Archaeology Network - Northeast Region | Florida Public Archaeology Network - East Central Region | Florida Public Archaeology Network - Central Region | Florida Public Archaeology Network - West Central Region | Florida Public Archaeology Network - Southwest Region | Florida Public Archaeology Network - Southeast Region

Think you found an archaeological relic? Here’s what to do While swimming in the waters off Pensacola Beach last month, a couple found a historic-looking saber sword not far from the shore. Their finding went viral online, with many questioning if the sword is authentic or a replica. Experts say the real lesson is what to do when you find relics.

Photos from Florida Public Archaeology Network - Northwest Region's post 07/17/2023

UWF Anthropology graduate student and FPAN graduate assistant Bria Brooks is interning this summer with Biscayne National Park!

On a daily basis, she is learning the ins and outs of working in the National Park Service's *FIVE* south Florida Parks to assist Park staff with managing submerged archaeological resources. This experience includes target diving anomalies identified during survey, conducting condition assessments on known sites, and working with visiting researchers. Incredible job, Bria!

Biscayne National Park | National Park Service | University of West Florida | UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities | Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture | Diving With A Purpose | Youth Diving With A Purpose

Photos from Florida Public Archaeology Network - Northwest Region's post 07/13/2023

If you've been a long-time follower of our social media accounts, you've likely seen us discuss "abandoned" artifact collections before. Pretty often here at FPAN, we have folks from the community bring in unwanted artifacts that they or their family have collected over the years.

That so many people have an interest in archaeology and history makes us happy! Problematic, however, is that almost all of these abandoned artifacts are out of what we call "archaeological context." This context can help us date artifacts and sites, understand artifacts in relation to one another and to site features, and ultimately provide insight into the daily lives of people in the past. Collecting artifacts might give some a short-term thrill of discovery, but it can be very damaging to archaeological sites as a whole and create problems decades later when items are no longer wanted.

While FPAN sometimes takes small donations to incorporate into our teaching collection, massive abandonments like the one in the photos here exemplify the issues that surround recreational artifact collecting. These boxes were dropped off anonymously in Historic Pensacola at night when no one else was around. Collected at what was once a pretty significant archaeological site, these artifacts are now out of place and can't tell us very much at all.

As a reminder, FPAN, the University of West Florida, and UWF Historic Trust are *not* repositories for abandoned artifact collections. Anyone wishing to inquire about making a donation should contact the University of West Florida Archaeology Institute at 850.474.3015 or at [email protected]. There is no guarantee, however, that the UWF Archaeology Institute will take an unwanted collection.

University of West Florida | UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities | Historic Pensacola | UWF Department of Anthropology and Archaeology Institute

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