Robert L Thunen

Assoc Professor/Chair

Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work • College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Archaeology, Southeastern U.S. Prehistory, Contact Period, Historic Archaeology

 

Education

Ph.D., Anthropology, 1990, Northwestern University


M.A., Anthropology, 1983, Northwestern University


B.A., Anthropology, 1979, University of California, Santa Cruz Granted with Honors

Biography

Publications & Presentations

Scholarship—Chapters
“Defining Space: An Overview of the Pinson Mounds Enclosure.” In Ancient Enclosures of the Eastern Woodlands, Robert C. Mainfort and Lynne P. Sullivan, editors. Gainesville: University Presses of Florida, 1998.

“Geometric Enclosures in the Mid South: An Architectural Analysis of Enclosure Form.” In The Middle Woodland Period in the Mid South. edited by Robert C. Mainfort, Department of Archives and History State of Mississippi Archaeological Report, No. 22. 1989.

Scholarship—Articles
Keith Ashley and Robert L. Thunen, “Reexamining an Archaeological Survey of Big
Talbot Island.” Florida Anthropologist. Vol. 61, Number 3-4 September- December 2008.

“Grants Mound: Past and Present,” Florida Anthropologist. Vol. 58, No. 3-4 September-
December 2005.

Robert L. Thunen and Keith H. Ashley
“Mortuary Behavior Along The Lower St. Johns: An Overview,” Florida Anthropologist. Vol. 48, No. 1 March 1995.

 

Scholarship—Reports: For The National Park Service:


Keith Ashley and Robert L. Thunen, The Search For Vera Cruz: UNF Field Season-1 (2009) At The Cedar Point West Site (Timu 16, 8DU63), University of North Florida, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of North Florida Archaeology Laboratory, Report of Investigations Number 6. Dec 2009.

 

Robert L. Thunen and Vicki Rolland, “Pigs, Peaches, and Maize: Testing of the Cedar Point Site (8DU81) The Results of the 2007 UNF-NPS Summer Field School.” University of North Florida, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of North Florida Archaeology Laboratory, Report of Investigations Number 5. July 2008.

 

Robert Thunen, “Archaeological Survey and Testing of The Cedar Point Site (8DU81): Results of the 2006 UNF-NPS Summer Field School.” University of North Florida, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of North Florida Archaeology Laboratory, Report of Investigations Number 3, July 2007.

 

Robert Thunen and Keith H. Ashley, “Archaeological Survey and Testing of The Cedar Point Site (8DU81): Results of the 2005 UNF-NPS Summer Field School.” University of North Florida, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of North Florida Archaeology Laboratory, Report of Investigations Number 2, March 2006.

 

 

Scholarship—Professional Papers Presented  (Recent):

Robert L. Thunen, “Fort Caroline Legacy: Surveying for a fort,” Society For American Archaeology
81th Annual Meeting. Orlando, Florida April 7-10, 2016

 

Robert L. Thunen, “Searching for Saturiwa’s Village on the Mocama Social Landscape?” The National
Parks Service’s Timucuan Science & History Symposium January 22, 2016, Fort
George Island, Florida.

 

Robert L. Thunen,“Saturiwa’s Village: A Key to Mocama Social Landscape?” 72th Annual Meeting of
the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, November 6-9,
2015

 

Robert L. Thunen, Dominque de Gourge’s Attack on Fort San Mateo 1568 , The National Parks Service’s Timucuan Science & History Symposium, Fort George Island, Florida, January 23, 2015.

 

Robert L. Thunen & Keith Ashley, From Fort Caroline to San Matheo: Continuity along the St. Johns River, Florida. Florida Historical Society. Annual Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. May 23, 2014.

 

Robert L. Thunen & Keith Ashley, Fort San Mateo’s Legacy: Memory, Landscape, and the Documents. Florida Anthropological Society, 66th Annual Meeting, Punta Gorda, Florida. May 10, 2014.



Robert Thunen & Keith Ashley, The Archaeological Search for La Caroline, La Floride françasie: Florida, France and the Francophone World, The Center for Global Engagement, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, February 20-21, 2014.

 

Robert Thunen, Saturiwa “Brother of the Sun:” Mocama leadership at Contact: 1562-1570, The National Parks Service’s Timucuan Science & History Symposium January 31, 2014, Fort George Island, Florida.

 

Robert L. Thunen and Keith Ashley, The Search for Fort Caroline: 2012-2013, 70th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Tampa, Florida, November 6-9, 2013.

 

Keith Ashley, Robert Thunen and Vicki Rolland, Searching for La Caroline: Shell Middens and Shovel Tests, Florida Anthropological Society 65th Annual Meeting, St Augustine, Florida. May 2013.

 

Robert Thunen, From Shovel testing to Landscape Analysis: The Search for La Caroline. Timucuan Science Symposium, Timucuan Ecological and Historic
Preserve, National Park Service, Fort George Island. January 20, 2013.

 

Keith Ashley and Robert L. Thunen, Investigations of Block C at the Mission of Santa Cruz, Southeastern Archaeological Conference 69th Annual Meeting, Baton
Rouge, Louisiana, November 2012.

 

Robert L. Thunen, Continuing the Search for Fort Caroline, 43rd Annual Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, Society for Historical Archaeology, Amelia Island. Jan 2010.

 

Robert L. Thunen, Testing for Santa Cruz y San Buenaventura de Guadalquini, 43rd Annual Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, Society for Historical Archaeology, Amelia Island. Jan 2010.


 

ThunenContact Information

Building 51, Room 2237

(904) 620-1655

rthunen@unf.edu