Press Release for Thursday, May 21, 2015
UNF Archaeology Lab Receives Historic Preservation Award
Jessica Scott, Public Relations Specialist
Department of Public Relations
The Jacksonville Historic Preservation
Commission presented Dr. Keith Ashley, coordinator of research program services
and adjunct in the University of North Florida Department of
Sociology, Anthropology and Social
a 2015 Preservation Award earlier this month for his work on the “Uncovering
the Past: New Archaeological Discoveries of Northeast Florida” exhibit for the
Museum of Science and History.
“I was honored to accept this award on behalf
of the UNF Archaeology Lab and the many students who devoted their time and
energy to uncovering Jacksonville’s ancient past,” said Ashley.
The presentation combined
the archaeology, history, science and land preservation for a comprehensive
view of Native American life in what archaeologists refer to as the St. Mary’s
Region. Students and faculty explored Native American life before, during and
after French and Spanish contact in Northeast Florida to prepare the
presentation. The accompanying exhibit featured impressive artifacts such as
1000-year-old Native American pottery, as well as artwork by St. Augustine artist
Ashley’s research has been
transformative in Jacksonville historical preservation, with multiple artifacts
from his regular archaeological digs displayed at MOSH year round.
Additionally, he leads the University’s annual Summer Archaeological Field
School, a program that invites the public to be part of a dig.
Ashley and his students will
of a 1000-year-old Native American site on several private properties in the
Fort Caroline area. The field school will return Monday,
June 15, to Black Hammock Island National Park to work with a Native American
village associated with a Spanish mission. During the field school, the public
will work with the University and National Park Service to excavate artifacts
from the area’s history.
The Commission’s annual awards ceremony recognizes
outstanding projects and services that promote historic preservation in the
Jacksonville area. Award categories include: heritage education, residential
and commercial Rehabilitation, architecturally compatible new construction, preservation
projects and services, and “great save.”
Nominations for the awards were made by
individuals and agencies for projects that have been completed in Duval County
within the last two years. A jury of professionals from various fields,
including architecture, archaeology, history, government, education and
historic preservation evaluated the nominations.
The Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission is responsible
for review of certain Certificate of Appropriateness applications and for
recommending the designation of local landmarks and districts to the City
Council. The Commission is comprised of seven individuals appointed by the
university located on an
environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to
enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures
through a well-rounded education.