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Faculty archaeologists conduct research in the Americas (North, Central, and South America) and Africa. Their research interests include the following topics:

  • archaeological method and theory
  • archaeology and history
  • art and architecture
  • artifact analysis (ceramics, lithics)
  • complex societies
  • contextual archaeology
  • ecological and environmental archaeology
  • ethnoarchaeology
  • ethnohistory
  • evolutionary archaeology
  • foodways
  • historical anthropology
  • historical and prehistoric archaeology
  • historic preservation and heritage management
  • hunter-gatherers
  • landscape analysis
  • materiality
  • mortuary analysis
  • political economy
  • regional and long-term investigations
  • social organization
  • spatial analysis
  • symbolic anthropology
  • technology
  • zooarchaeology


The University of Florida Department of Anthropology offers many stimulating courses in archaeology, paleoanthropology, and historical anthropology at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Students interested in applying for graduate study are strongly encouraged to contact the archaeologist(s) they would like to work with. Students have the opportunity to study in field schools, laboratories for artifact analysis and GIS, and museum collections. The Certificate Program in Medieval Archaeology is an interdisciplinary track involving the History and Anthropology Departments. Learn more about the faculty who work in this program.

UF Archaeology Laboratories

Laboratory of Southeastern Archaeology

The Laboratory of Southeastern Archaeology (LSA) is dedicated to the archaeology of Florida and greater American Southeast. Current research projects emphasize the archaeology of Florida’s St. Johns and Lower Suwannee River valleys.

Zooarchaeology Lab

The Zooarchaeology Lab is dedicated to the identification and analysis of animal remains from archaeological sites. Graduate and advanced undergraduates may use the lab to conduct analyses of faunal remains. The lab houses a number of comparative skeletons of modern animals and teaching specimens for use in both graduate (ANG5126 – Zooarchaeology) and undergraduate (ANT 3126 – Introduction to Zooarchaeology) education. Ongoing research project in the lab includes the analyses of historical materials from several urban New Orleans.  DeFrance is also conducted collaborative research on the genetic composition of guinea pigs from South American and Caribbean sites, and management of Bahamian hutias.  Recent student projects include the analysis of historical faunal remains from colonial sites in Michigan, plantation sites in Florida, ancient Andean dogs, and Southeastern Archaic shell mounds and middens.

Location: Turlington B117

Contact: Susan deFrance,

Mesoamerican Archaeology and Iconography Lab

3-D reconstruction of the architecture of Complex A, La Venta, Mexico, c. 500 BC

3-D reconstruction of the architecture of Complex A, La Venta, Mexico, c. 500 BC

The Mesoamerican Archaeology and Iconography Lab provides space and resources for graduate student projects on topics in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica.  Special emphasis is to given to digital resources and tools, including visualization and mapping tools.

Location: Turlington B350

Contact: Susan Gillespie,

Archaeology Teaching Lab

The Archaeology Teaching Lab provides space and material resources for hands-on teaching of undergraduate and graduate archaeology students. The labs for ANT 2140 Introduction to World Archaeology and ANT 4114 Principles of Archaeology are held in this room, as well as courses in zooarchaeology, lithic analysis, and pottery analysis.

Location: Turlington B357


Important Synergies and Resources

Graduate student Scott Hussey conducting archaeological excavations and preservation work in the 16th-century Mazmorras (subterranean Christian dungeons) of Tetouan, Morocco.

Graduate student Scott Hussey conducting archaeological excavations and preservation work in the 16th-century Mazmorras (subterranean Christian dungeons) of Tetouan, Morocco. Here Scott is carrying a total station, used for mapping the site

Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH) archaeologists conduct research in the Circum-Caribbean area and provide additional expertise in art, economic anthropology, ethnohistory, environmental archaeology, historic and prehistoric archaeology, theory, and zooarchaeology, among other topics.

The Historical Archaeology Program at the FLMNH involves exciting research programs in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and St. Augustine, FL.

The South Florida Archaeology & Ethnography Program at the FLMNH involves archaeological excavations in the Calusa Domain as well as the collection of oral histories in the Charlotte Harbor area.

The UF Center for Latin American Studies also provides opportunities for synergistic archaeological work that combines ecological, historical, and medical anthropology in Central America, South America, and the Circum-Caribbean area.

The Land Use and Environmental Change Institute (LUECI) Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing Lab has state-of-the-art facilities to allow for the spatial analysis of data collected from Earth-observing remote sensing platforms and field studies in order to study land use/land cover change and long-term climatic variability. Open to all students and faculty, it is designed to promote interdisciplinary studies in climate-environment-human interactions.

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Photo Credits: Important Synergies Photo 1 Courtesy of Scott Hussey; 3-D Reconstruction Image Courtesy of Susan Gillespie




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