Archaeology Institute at the University of West Florida


11000 University Pkwy, Building 89, Pensacola, FL 32514 








9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday






The Archaeology Institute is an educational, research, and service facility concerned with the prehistoric and historic archaeological resources of the northwest Florida region. Archaeological investigations are conducted in both terrestrial and underwater settings. The Archaeology Institute building, located on the University of West Florida Main Campus, includes a museum, research and teaching lab, and faculty offices.

Administratively, the Archaeology Institute is part of the UWF Division of Anthropology and Archaeology and provides educational support to the Anthropology Department’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Pensacola. In addition, a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation is offered in cooperation with the Department of History. Students obtain extensive training and hands-on experience in classroom, field school, laboratory and fieldwork settings. The Institute also provides training and services in bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology. Facilities include exhibit space, laboratories, offices and collection curation space in three buildings. An exhibit hall, open to the public, is located in the Archaeology Institute Building (#89).

Standard archaeological research equipment maintained by the Institute includes excavation and laboratory tools, computers with CAD and GIS capabilities, digital cameras, total stations, microscopes and vehicles. Special facilities include terrestrial and marine remote sensing equipment, forensic anthropology/human osteology labs, artifact conservation labs, diving equipment, boats and work platforms, comparative faunal collections, research libraries and prehistoric/historic collections from two decades of previous archaeological research in northwest Florida. The Archaeology Institute serves the northwest Florida region not only through its academic and extensive public outreach programs, but also by providing professional archaeological services and consulting for historic preservation and cultural resource management undertakings.

John Worth, associate professor of historical archaeology with UWF Department of Anthropology, looks at a pottery sherd with Jan Lloyd, UWF Archaeology Institute lab director.  [photo: Ben Twingley, Pensacola News Journal]

UWF's recent archaeological excavations, like the Luna Settlement Project, have inspired public interest in the history and archaeology of northwest Florida. The Archaeology Institute has created museum exhibits, outdoor interpretive educational displays, and archaeological trail sites. These exhibits, museums, and parks educate the community about the area's history and attract tourists traveling through the region. There are several places to see the artifacts that UWF archaeologists have unearthed.

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