Press Release for Monday, June 6, 2011

UNF Opens Summer Archaeological Field School to Public

Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102 





Uncover the ancient past on a real archaeological excavation as part of the University of North Florida’s Summer Archaeological Field School, which is available to the public for the first time in the program’s history. 


“We’re inviting others to get down in the dirt and touch history,” said Dr. Keith Ashley, research coordinator for UNF’s Archaeology Lab and Field School instructor. “We want the public to help contribute and be part of the research right here in our backyard.” 


The Field School is sponsored by UNF’s Division of Continuing Education and is part of the University’s Archaeological Lab’s Mocama Archaeological Project, an ongoing study focusing on the Mocama-speaking Timucua Indians. The project combines archaeological survey, excavation, laboratory analysis and archival research, giving participants hands-on experience in archaeology. 


The summer course is available to participants 16 years of age or older and consists of four one-week sessions from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Monday, June 27, and running through Friday, July 22, along Black Hammock Island. The fee for each week is $199. UNF alumni receive a 20 percent discount. Participants can register for one or more weeks. 


Participants will learn basic field techniques, including excavation, screening, mapping, artifact and feature identification and record keeping. Expert instructors will teach how to excavate and interpret what is found. Researchers hope to gain a glimpse into the everyday lives of these Native Americans prior to their initial contact with European settlers. 


For more information and to register, visit or contact UNF’s Division of Continuing Education at (904) 620-4200 or .