Areas of Expertise
Southeastern U.S. and Florida Archaeology, Historical Process, Political and Ritual Economy, Field and Laboratory Methodology
Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Florida
Dissertation: Interaction, Population Movement, and Political Economy: The Changing Social Landscape of Northeastern Florida (A.D. 900-1500)
M.S. Anthropology, Florida State University
Thesis: Effects of European and American Colonization of the Southeast on Upper Creek Indian Settlement Patterns
B.A. Anthropology, Auburn University
Keith Ashley is Assistant Professor of Anthropology. I grew up in northern Florida and moved north to attend Auburn University, where I received a BA in Anthropology. I returned to the sunshine state to earn a MS from Florida State University and a PH.D. from the University of Florida. Over the past 20 years, I have been involved in archaeological excavation and research throughout the southeastern U.S. Field projects have ranged from 4000 year old shell middens along the Atlantic coast to 17th century Creek Indian villages in central Alabama. My current research focuses on the archaeology of Native Americans in northeastern Florida before and after European contact. Beyond research and teaching, my aim is to draw UNF students into “hands-on” archaeology through fieldwork and laboratory analysis in an effort to prepare them for graduate school and a career in archaeology.
2015 Jacksonville Historic Preservation Committee Preservation Award (Archaeology) for the MOSH exhibit “Uncovering the Past: New Archaeological Discoveries of Northeast Florida”
2012 Jacksonville Historic Preservation Committee Preservation Award (Archaeology) for the University of North Florida Public Archaeology Field School.
2011 UNF Engaged Department Incentive Award
2009 Jacksonville Historic Preservation Committee Preservation Award (Archaeology) for the Archaeological Project at the Betz-Tiger Pont Preserve
2001 University of North Florida Students’ Choice Outstanding Professor Award
Florida Archaeological Council
Florida Anthropological Society
Southeastern Archaeological Conference
Timucuan Trials Park Foundation
Society of Georgia Archaeology
Society for American Archaeology
Archaeological Institute of America
Editor, The Florida Anthropologist (2010-2013)
Advisory Board Member, Florida Public Archaeology Network, Northeast Region (current)
Member, Timucuan Science & History Committee, Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve (NPS)
Grants and Contracts Awarded
2018 Will Cummer Archaeological Internships. Secured funding from the Cummer Foundation for two archaeological internships for UNF anthropology students.
2017 Will Cummer Archaeological Internships. Secured funding from the Cummer Foundation for two archaeological internships for UNF anthropology students.
2015 UNF Foundation Board Initiative Grant, Mill Cove Complex: Downtown Jacksonville AD 1000
2014 North Florida Lad Trust, Grand Shell Ring Project
2012-13 State of Florida, Historic Preservation, small Category Matching Grant
2012-13 Environmental Center Seed Grant. Negotiating the Tides: Shellfish Collecting at the Mill Cove Complex (AD 1000-1250).
2012 UNF Faculty Research Enhancement Grant
Publications & Presentations
2012 Late Prehistoric Florida: Archaeology at the Edge of the Mississippian World. Edited by Keith Ashley and Nancy M. White. University Press of Florida.
RECENT PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS
2020 Moving to Where the River Meets the Sea: Origins of the Mill Cove Complex. In Reconsidering Mississippian Households and Communities, edited by Elizabeth Watts Malouchos and AlleenBetzenhauser. University of Alabama Press. (In Press)
2020 Before the Churches: Pre-Coontact Mocama History, Culture, and Religion. In Religion in La Florida, edited by Jeffrey M. Burns and Timothy J. Johnson. The Academy of American Franciscan History, Berkeley, CA. (with Robert L. Thunen).
2020 St. Johns River Fisher-Hunter-Gatherers: Florida’s Connection to Cahokia. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory. (with Robert L. Thunen)-In press.
2018 Yamasee Migrations into the Mocama and Timucua Mission Provinces of Florida
(1667-1683): An Archaeological Perspective. In The Yamasee Indians: From Florida to South Carolina, edited by Denise I. Bossy, pp. 55-80. University of Nebraska Press.
2018 Mocama Life at Santa Cruz de Guadalquini: Persistence and Accommodation under the Mission Bell. In Franciscans and American Indians in Pan-Borderlands Perspective: Adaptation, Negotiation, and Resistance, edited by Jeffrey M. Burns and Timothy J. Johnson, pp 107-124. The Academy of American Franciscan History, Berkeley, CA.
2018 Mill Cove Complex: A Truly Significant Site. In Adventures in Florida Archaeology, 48-51. A non-peer reviewed popular magazine of the Florida Historical Society, Archaeological Institute.
2016 Excavations at the Armellino Site (8DU631): The Proposed Mocama Village and Visita of Sarabay. The Florida Anthropologist 69: 49-80. (Keith Ashley, Vicki Rolland, and Robert Thunen).
2016 The Ceramic Ecology of Florida: Compositional Baselines for Pottery Provenance Studies. Science and Technology of Archaeological Research 1:29-48. (Neill J. Wallis, Zachary I. Gilmore, Ann S. Cordell, Thomas J. Pluckhahn, Keith H. Ashley, and Michael D. Glascock).
2015 Forager Interactions on the Edge of the Early Mississippian World: Neutron Activation Analysis of Ocmulgee and St. Johns Pottery. American Antiquity 80(2):290-311 (Keith Ashley, Neill Wallis, and Michael Glascock).
2014 Distribution of Contact and Early Mission Period Sites in the Mocama Province. The Florida Anthropologist 67: 159-178.
2014a Ritual at the Mill Cove Complex: Realms Beyond the River. In New Histories of Pre-Columbian Florida, edited by Neill J. Wallis and Asa R. Randall, pp. 262-282. University Press of Florida. (first author with Vicki Rolland).
2013 Grafting onto the Native Landscape: The Franciscan Mission System in Northeastern Florida. In From La Florida to La California: The Genesis and Realization of Franciscan Evangelization in the Spanish Borderlands, pp. 143-163. The Academy of American Franciscan History, Berkeley, CA.
2013 Missions San Buenaventura and Santa Cruz de Guadalquini: Retreat from the Georgia Coast. In Life Among the Tides: Recent Archaeology on the Georgia Bight, pp. 395-422, edited by Victor Thompson and David Hurst Thomas. American Museum of Natural History Anthropological Papers No. 98. First author with Vicki Rolland and Robert Thunen.
2012 Les Indiens Mocama : Le côté natif de la rencontre de français (The Mocama Indians: The Native Side of the French Encounter). In Florida, un rêve français (1562-1565), edited by Mickaël Augeron, John de Bry, and Annick Notter, pp. 59-65. Musée du Nouveau Monde de La Rochelle Librairie des Musées. La Rochelle, France.
2012 The Mississippi Period in Florida: An Introduction. In Late Prehistoric Florida: Archaeology at the Edge of the Mississippian World, edited by Keith Ashley and Nancy White. University Press of Florida. First author with Nancy Marie White.
2012 Early St. Johns II Interaction, Exchange, and Politics: A View from Northeastern Florida. In Late Prehistoric Florida: Archaeology at the Edge of the Mississippian World, edited by Keith Ashley and Nancy M White. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.
2009 Straddling the Florida-Georgia State Line: Ceramic Chronology of the St. Marys Region (A.D. 1400-1700). In From Santa Elena to St. Augustine: Indigenous Ceramic Variability (A.D. 1400-1700), ed. by Kathleen Deagan and David Hurst Thomas, pp 125-140. American Museum of Natural History Anthropological Papers, no. 90.
2008 Reexamining an Archaeological Survey of Big Talbot Island. (with Robert Thunen). The Florida Anthropologist.61(3-4):133-148.
2008 Refining the Ceramic Chronology of Northeastern Florida. The Florida Anthropologist 61(3-4):123-132.