UWF Division of Anthropology and Archaeology

UWF Division of Anthropology and Archaeology


Ronnie Biggar in Louisiana is searching for answers on this pot he found in a friends flower bed. The friend said a friend of his found it deep in a pit in Pensacola over 40 years ago. It appears to be glazed and has etchings on the base. Any remarks would be appreciated.
Undergraduates please sign up for the Luncheon on November 2, 2018. Contact Juliette for more information and to sign up.
Nicole Mauro, Thesis Defense tomorrow, May 4, 2018, 2:00 PM, Building 13, Room 104A. Join us.
Jillian Okray Thesis Defense, May 4, 2018, 1:00 pm, Building 13, Room 104A. Join us.

Welcome to the page for the Division of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of W If you have any news or announcements you'd like to see posted, feel free to email Dr. Killgrove ([email protected]).

RSVP | EF Education First 04/30/2021

RSVP | EF Education First

Dr. G is hosting an information session for the May 2022 travel abroad opportunity to Spain & Morocco. An RSVP through this link will give you access to the Zoom details for the May 19th event.

RSVP | EF Education First

Spain & Morocco 04/24/2021

Spain & Morocco

This just in! Dr. Gougeon is organizing a trip to Spain and Morocco in May 2022! An early bird discount is available 'til April 30th. Email Dr. G for details! (rgougeon @ uwf dot edu)

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Photos from UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities's post 03/30/2021

Photos from UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities's post

2021 Schools | University of West Florida 03/24/2021

2021 Schools | University of West Florida

Applications for the 2021 UWF Archaeology Field Schools are now available. During the summer, field school students will be exposed to a broad range of archaeological field techniques, ranging from excavation and survey, to scale drawing and record-keeping. Demonstrations will include remote sensing, photography, and digital mapping.

COVID-19 protocols will be implemented for the safety of everyone involved, and will include the use of personal face masks while in communal indoor spaces, and outdoors whenever 6-foot distancing cannot be maintained, along with sanitation of communal gear and spaces. More details will be provided prior to field school.

2021 Schools | University of West Florida Information on the 2021 field schools will be coming soon

The Countersyndemic Potential of Medical Pluralism among People Living with HIV in Tanzania 02/25/2021

The Countersyndemic Potential of Medical Pluralism among People Living with HIV in Tanzania

Congratulations to our own Dr. Meredith Martin, who has recently published a new article on medical pluralism among people living with HIV in Tanzania!

The Countersyndemic Potential of Medical Pluralism among People Living with HIV in Tanzania (2021). The Countersyndemic Potential of Medical Pluralism among People Living with HIV in Tanzania. Global Public Health. Ahead of Print.

nytimes.com 01/15/2021

Mary Catherine Bateson Dies at 81; Anthropologist on Lives of Women

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Mary Catherine Bateson. With a start in anthropology as the subject matter of her famous anthropological parents (Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson), she later used her own life as a way to explore women's lives. Dr. Bateson was 81 years old.

nytimes.com After a well-documented childhood as the daughter of Margaret Mead, she earned her own renown with a book on women’s lives that became a touchstone to feminists.

[12/28/20]   The University of West Florida Department of Anthropology wishes to announce the availability of a scholarship for their graduate programs in anthropology. A colleague has made a one-year assistantship (tuition waiver and stipend) available to one UWF Anthropology graduate student for the 2021-2022 academic year. The successful applicant will meet the requirements of the Department and the UWF Graduate School, and will commit to undertaking a Masters thesis project on some aspect of submerged terrestrial archaeology, broadly conceived. Questions about this scholarship should be directed to Dr. Ramie Gougeon (rgougeon at uwf.edu). If you have already applied to our graduate program for Fall 2021 admission and would like to be considered for this scholarship, please contact Dr. Gougeon.

saa.org 12/02/2020

Improving Your Archaeological Skills: How to Write Better Technical Reports

You students may be thinking, "It's the end of the semester and all I want to do is sleep for 6 weeks." However, as you've been told countless times, solid writing skills help you land and KEEP the job.

saa.org For step-by-step instructions on registration, review how to register for an online seminar [PDF 1.4 MB]. Be sure that you have completed your checkout and submitted your order. Even for free seminars, you will need to click "Proceed to Checkout" before your registration is complete.

youtube.com 10/20/2020

Zoom into Archaeology: "14,500 Years in 30 Minutes"

There are a lot of 'virtual' lectures these days. Try this one by our own Dr. Ramie Gougeon and then fall into the rabbit-hole that is FPAN public programing, including their on-going "Zoom into Archaeology" series. You'll be glad you did!

youtube.com Join us for the next installment of FPAN's "Zoom into Archaeology" series: "14,500 Years in 30 Minutes" by UWF Department of Anthropology Associate Professor...


Applications for scholarships and training grants are now open! Get your name in the hat before Halloween!

The application for our scholarships and training grants are open until the end of October. Review them here http://www.wdhof.org/wdhof-scholarshipDesc.aspx and apply here http://www.wdhof.org/scholarshipApp.aspx

eventbrite.com 10/01/2020

Revisioning Recovery: Films Uncovering the Roots of Disaster

The Department of Anthropology's Dr. Meredith Marten and Roz Fisher will be joining Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies (BRACE) and Working Films as they host a virtual screening of "Revisioning Recovery" on Friday, October 9th , 2020 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The program features five short films that illuminate the current injustices, systems at play, and the solutions needed to prepare and respond to climate disasters. The short films bring overlooked stories into the light and exposes the historical inequities that are exacerbated when disasters hit. Following, will be a discussion led by those advocating for equitable disaster response.

Register at bit.ly/rr9oct .

eventbrite.com Join us for a film screening of Revisioning Recovery & panel discussion hosted by BRACE and Working Films.


Florida Public Archaeology Network - Northwest Region

In case you missed it, the Florida Public Archaeology Network has been posting 'reviews' of popular video games through the lens of archaeology!

We recently sat down with our very own underwater archaeologist Nicole Grinnan to discuss pirate videogame Sea of Thieves and see what it got right!

Follow our Twitch channel for more live streams:

Watch the full video here:


American Anthropological Association

The job title "Anthropologist" rarely pops up in the Help Wanted section of your local newspaper, but that doesn't mean you can't find employment as an anthropologist! Take a moment this coming Thursday to learn how to pitch your skills and degree to a would-be employer. Bonus? It's a FREE webinar.

Our upcoming FREE webinar, “The Art of Persuasion: Articulating Anthropology’s Value to a Prospective Employer,” will help identify several value propositions for anthropologists seeking employment in different sectors and offer tips for getting hired.

The Art of Persuasion: Articulating Anthropology’s Value to a Prospective Employer
Thursday, September 10 at 1 p.m. EDT

Register today!


Tea & Trowels: Ep 25 We’re asking questions that are important to us

Did you miss the recent Tea & Trowels episode with UWF's own Dr. John Worth? How about the one with our former Master's student Katherine Sims? Well, catch up with Dr. Ramie Gougeon and enter the rabbit-hole of great videos created by FPAN Northeast!

Join us for a chat with archaeologists on their research and what archaeology means to them. In this episode, host Emily Jane chats with Dr. Ramie Gougeon, p...


UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Did you know that Pensacola is home to the earliest multi-year European settlement in the United States? Our students are part of investigating that history.

Study anthropology with us. Classes begin August 24! Visit uwf.edu/anthropology .

#UWF #UWF24 #UWFCASSH #UWF UWF Division of Anthropology and Archaeology UWF Maritime Archaeology


legacy.com 06/29/2020

Judith Knight 1947 - 2020 - Obituary

Judy Knight was a tremendous promoter of Southeastern archaeology during her long tenure at the University of Alabama Press and University Press of Florida. Judy was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Southeastern Archaeological Conference and a festschrift was recently published in her honor. Ever-present in the conference book room, Judy was also a delightful and thoughtful person. She will be missed.

legacy.com View Judith Knight's obituary, send flowers and sign the guestbook.


Some creepy objects didn't start out creepy. We're sure that this baby doll was loved by its original owner. However, as with many toys it was eventually discarded and found its way into a backyard pit. After years underground it was unearthed in downtown Pensacola by UWF Archaeology field school students.
#UWF #UWFCASSH #UWFArchaeology #UWFAnthropology #CreepiestObject #CreepiestMuseumObject #Archaeology #Anthropology


Our next candidate for creepiest artifact again comes from the University of West Florida Luna Settlement Project with thanks to Dr. Worth for the write-up
Metal Star (silver)
This tiny star, cut from sheet silver, is consistent with metal stars documented to have been part of 16th-century Spanish penitential flails called disciplinas. Normally comprised of a series of knotted strings attached to a handle, and sometimes also possessing a small number of metal stars for additional effect, these flails were used for personal religious penitence. There were penitential brotherhoods in Spain that practiced this in public during Holy Week, though individual private use was also practiced. St. Dominic, the founder of the Dominican Order, is known to have practiced self-flagellation, and it is possible that this was a possession of one of the six Dominican friars on the Luna expedition, though it could also have been owned by someone else.

#UWF #UWFCASSH #UWFArchaeology #UWFAnthropology #CreepiestObject #CreepiestMuseumObject #LunaSettlement #Archaeology #Anthropology


Many programs and museums are presenting their creepiest artifacts during the COVID-19 shutdown. Since we won't be seeing you in the field this summer, we'll be sharing a few objects of our own over the coming weeks. The first one is from the University of West Florida Luna Settlement Project Many thanks to Dr. Worth for the write-up
Enema Pump Nozzle (brass)
This nozzle was the operational end of a 16th-century enema pump that would have been used by doctors as part of standard medicinal practice. The nozzle has one central hole on the rounded end, and two holes on opposite sides of the shaft. The thicker end would have been attached to the body of the pump, which would have contained medicinal mixtures to be injected into the patient. One medical doctor is known to have accompanied the Luna expedition, and this may have been one of his medical instruments.

#UWF #UWFArchaeology #CreepiestObject #LunaSettlement #UWFAnthropology


We are very proud of Katy Patterson, the UWF CASSH Academic Affairs Outstanding Graduate Assistant / Teaching Assistant Award!

Congratulations to Kathryn Patterson! Kathryn was recently named the UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities' recipient for the the Academic Affairs Honors Convocation Outstanding Graduate Assistant/Teaching Assistant Award.

Kathryn is a graduate student pursing an MA in Anthropology. Here, Kathryn is working with 3D printing to replicate digitized artifacts.

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To view all award recipients, visit online.

[04/28/20]   We are saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Sarah Milledge Nelson (1931-2020). Dr. Nelson was an absolute giant in the archaeological study of gender. A Florida native, she earned her PhD at the University of Michigan in 1973. She worked extensively in Korea and China, but also conducted work in Utah and Colorado. She was Distinguished Professor Emerita from the Department of Anthropology, University of Denver. Her interests included female shamans and archaeoastronomy (among many others). In recent years she also published fiction centered in east Asia.
We will post her obituary here once one is available.


Much of the money UWF is receiving under the CARES Act is ear-marked for students. Check out the details here.

UWF Notice: Coronavirus: CARES Act Student Emergency Grant

The recently enacted federal CARES Act provided money to colleges and universities for emergency student grants. The purpose of the money is to award emergency financial aid grants to students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.
The University of West Florida will distribute CARES Act funding in a way that prioritizes students with the greatest demonstrated need and ensures that funds are distributed as widely as possible.

Students must submit a UWF CARES Act Emergency Aid Application in the UWF Scholarship Portal. Applications will be processed by the UWF Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Please visit uwf.edu/cares for eligibility criteria, application process and frequently asked questions.


Wrapping up the weekend with a few more of our students’ posters!

Here are four additional posters from our UWF Research Design in Anthropology class.


The Office of Undergraduate Research is holding their Student Scholars Symposium remotely this year. Here is one by UWF Anthropology students Michaela Franklin and Elizabeth Barrett!


The Office of Undergraduate Research is holding their Student Scholars Symposium remotely this year. Check out some of the work being done by some UWF Anthropology and Archaeology graduate students!

We are posting our virtual student posters from our graduate Research Design in Anthropology course here. They represent a mix of specializations in Anthropology, including Cultural, Biological and Archaeological. Since we cannot present them in person at the UWF Office of Undergraduate Research Student Scholars Symposium, we'll present them here! Enjoy! #UWF_SympoGoesVirtual


Tea & Trowels Ep. 3 Ice Cream Spades and Spanish Missions

Quarantines don't stop the archaeology!

Join us in our new video series featuring chats with archaeologists on their research and what archaeology means to them. In this episode, host Emma chats wi...

[04/14/20]   UWF has moved online for the summer! The Department of Anthropology has a number of classes and scheduling options to keep you on track while we wait for face-to-face classes to resume.
Talk to your advisor or reach out to any of your professors for help signing up for these classes:
Biological Anthropology (Miller Wolf; June 10 - Aug 7)
Intro to Anthropology (Gougeon; May 11-June 23)
Intro to Archaeology (Cook; May 11 - June 23)
Intro to Sociology (Fisher; June 10 - Aug 7)
Popular Culture (Gleich; May 11 - Aug 7)
Principles of Archaeology (Worth; June 10 - Aug 7)
Shipwreck Archaeology (two offerings, Bratten and Cook; May 11 - Aug 7)

Many of these classes are General Education (GenEd) courses and/or fulfill Gordon Rule requirements. You can also take courses as a non-degree seeking student. Non-majors are always welcome!

pnj.com 03/02/2020

Pensacola women had many momentous 'firsts' | Guestview

Read this short piece on important women in Pensacola's history, penned by our own Roz Fisher!

pnj.com In Pensacola, there have been many first women, women who were the first to accomplish inspirational leadership in professions previously held by men.

docs.google.com 02/12/2020

Southern Reach Field School Application

Hey Anthro majors - St. Mark's Nat'l Wildlife Refuge is also a hotbed of archaeology and history! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to experience this place through the lenses of other disciplines. Free to those who are selected for the program. Application deadline is Feb. 16th!

docs.google.com The event is MARCH 7th - 10th. The deadline for application is February 16, 2020, 11:59 PM Strange things are happening in Area X: unnatural animal behavior, messages written in mysterious fungi shaped like tiny hands, a low moaning in the night, a tower with a spiral staircase that descends into th...

news.uwf.edu 02/07/2020

UWF assistant professor of anthropology selected for a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant - University of West Florida Newsroom

Dr. Katie Miller Wolf in the news!

news.uwf.edu Dr. Katherine Miller Wolf, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of West Florida, is the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant. Miller Wolf will teach students from the National Autonomous University of Honduras at an archaeological site in Copan, Honduras from May....


August 2020 - make plans to join us for a short-course in submerged paleolandscapes!

[01/05/20]   Still time left to put your application together for the graduate program in Anthropology or Historical Archaeology at the University of West Florida! The deadline is January 15, 2020. If you'd like to learn more about the program, send me an email (rgougeon at uwf dot edu) or catch me, one of my colleagues, or our grad students at SHA in Boston this week!

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