UWF Terrestrial Field Schools – Tristan De Luna Settlement

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Location: Pensacola, FL, US

Season: May 21, 2018 to July 28, 2018

Application Deadline: March 30, 2018


Program Type:
Field school

RPA Certified:

University of West Florida

Project Director:
Dr. John Worth

Project Description:

University of West Florida (UWF) is now accepting applications for Archaeology field school 2018. Offered at both the graduate (ANG 6824, advanced) and undergraduate (ANT 4824) levels, students will work on the Pensacola area’s rich terrestrial and maritime archaeological past from the 16th through the early 20th centuries.  Explore the Tristán de Luna y Arellano 1559-1561 settlement attempt of the Florida Gulf Coast where students can gain unique hands-on experience excavating the Luna settlement on land, Luna shipwrecks underwater, or both. Options include taking a 10 week Terrestrial, 10 week Maritime, or 5 week Terrestrial and 5 week Maritime Combined field school. Both the Maritime and the Combined options require an additional week of Scientific Diver training. Additional research may be conducted at Arcadia Mill a 19th century industrial complex, other mill sites along the Blackwater river, and on other shipwrecks in the region.


Terrestrial Field School

(ANT 4824, Terrestrial Archaeological Field Methods or ANG 6824 Advanced Archaeological Field Methods)


Luna Settlement

The 2018 Luna Settlement Terrestrial Field School will take place for the third consecutive year at the archaeological site of the 1559-1561 Tristán de Luna settlement overlooking Pensacola Bay.  The goals of the project are to continue excavations focusing on the traces of the colonial settlers who lived there after a hurricane destroyed their fleet.


Arcadia Mill

The Arcadia Mill 2018 terrestrial field school will take place at the Simpson Lot in Milton, Florida. The lot contains the archaeological remains of the historic Simpson house (1835-1935), a three-story Louisiana-style mansion that was occupied by the mill owner. The house consisted of a brick basement including a slave quarter and kitchen, a veranda and main story, and second story. The research design from previous field schools will carry on as we continue to uncover and document architectural features with the goal of delineating the boundaries of the Simpson house and associated brick basement. Investigations will focus on identifying the south boundary of the structure including the covered entrance to the basement


Blackwater River Mills

This section will gather information on several steam-powered lumber mills burned prior to the Confederate abandonment of Pensacola in 1862. Work at these sites may involve remote sensing, metal detection, and test pit excavation. In addition to work on the terrestrial remains of these sites, work may also be done at the submerged portions of these sites as part of the underwater field school using remote sensing and underwater visual inspection to identify shipping destroyed in 1862 along with any submerged portions of the mills.

During the summer, field school students will be exposed to a broad range of archaeological field techniques, ranging from excavation and survey, to scale drawing and record-keeping. Demonstrations will include remote sensing, photography, and digital mapping.

  • Dates: May 21 – July 28, 2018
  • Prerequisites: The prerequisite for the terrestrial field school is Principles of Archaeology (ANT 3101) with a grade of ‘C’ or better.
  • Accommodations: Living arrangements will be the responsibility of the student.
  • Food and Equipment: Students will need to bring a lunch and any snacks to the field each day. Each student will also need to bring a set of personal field gear; lists will be provided for the project upon acceptance. Field gear usually costs around $125.
  • Field Conditions: The field school will take place in a residential neighborhood setting not far from downtown Pensacola, Florida, with conditions ranging from open yards in direct sunlight to shaded areas with sometimes dense undergrowth and landscaping.  Students should be prepared for summer heat, humidity, sun, rain, and biting insects. A list of required and recommended field clothing will be provided upon acceptance.
  • Transportation: The Luna Settlement field school will take place near downtown Pensacola, Florida, and parking arrangements will be announced before the start of field school.  Students will need to provide their own transportation (carpools are encouraged).

Period(s) of Occupation: Spanish 16th century colonial period, 19th century Antebellum homestead and water powered industrial mill and related industries

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 10 weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: The prerequisite for the terrestrial field school is Principles of Archaeology (ANT 3101) with a grade of ‘C’ or better

Room and Board Arrangements:
Students must find their own housing. UWF does offer dorm rooms (for a fee) for the summer sessions. Cost: Personal field gear kit: approx $125.00

Academic Credit:
3-9 credits credits offered by University of West Florida. Tuition is Undergraduate: Florida resident: $218.98 per credit Non resident: $648.37 per credit Graduate: Florida resident $384.60 per credit Non resident $1044.24 per credit ​ .

Contact Information:

Dr. John Worth

UWF Department of Anthropology 11000 University Parkway, Bldg 13





Phone: 850-857-6204

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