2015 field school



Summer Session A: May 14-June 22

at the


Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park

(Ormond Beach, Florida)

 Bulow Plantation

Bulow Plantation, located in Flagler County, was founded in 1821 by Charles Bulow, a native of South Carolina.  His son John Joachim Bulow inherited the estate in 1823, at the death of his father, and was a successful planter, growing sugar and cotton with over 100 African slaves.  In December 1835, the second Seminole War came to Bulow Plantation. 

Against the protest of Bulow, American troops occupied the plantation, and built a make-shift fort on the property.  After two months, the American army withdrew from Bulowville, taking Bulow and his Africans with them, and the property was then burned to the ground by Seminole Indians.

Here is an electronic copy of the Archaeological Report on the 2014 and 2015 field seasons at Bulow Plantation:

Davidson, James M. and Mary Elizabeth Ibarrola
2016       Cabin 1 at The Bulow Plantation (8FL7): Final Results of the 2014 and 2015 University of Florida Archaeological Field Schools at Bulow Plantation.  Report submitted to the Tomoka Basin State Parks, Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research (state archaeological permit No. 1415.039). Anthropology Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

2018 Research goals:

The 2018 field school marks the fifth season of excavations conducted at the Bulow Plantation.  

We will be excavating within the remains 

of a slave village burned in January 1836.

You will uncover evidence of the Second Seminole War,

and handle artifacts used by Africans nearly two hundred years ago.


Student Expectations
Students will receive training in controlled excavation, field survey, instrument mapping, artifact identification, and artifact analysis. There will also be a series of afternoon/evening lectures and assigned readings on Historical and African-American Archaeology.  We will work Monday through Friday, with weekends off.  You will have the option of staying at the field school residences during the weekends or returning to Gainesville (or elsewhere).   

Number of Students: enrollment will be capped at 16 students.

Priority for acceptance into the field school will be given to Junior and Senior Anthropology majors, 
but Freshmen, Sophomores and non-majors are also encouraged to apply.

All students will be enrolled for nine credit hours (ANT 4823/4824). 

Student Fees:
In addition to the standard tuition and fees payable to the Registrar's, there will be an additional fee of $800 assessed per student, to cover the cost of all residential rents, meals, gasoline, film and film processing, artifact bags, and other miscellaneous supplies, as well as a cleaning fee for the residences.


Lodging will consist of rented residences in Ormond Beach. These furnished homes have central air conditioning, 

Wifi, cable TV, and are just a few blocks from the beautiful beaches of the Atlantic Ocean.

We only work weekdays, so you have the option to stay at the field school residences on weekends  

Deadline for Application materials is Friday March 23, 2018

Late applications may be acepted, but in cases of limited seats, preference will be given to applications submited prior to March 23

Download Copy of the Application: HERE

Send application, cover letter and letter of recommendation (from a Professor or Graduate Student/Instructor) to:
Dr. James M. Davidson
Department of Anthropology 
1112 Turlington Hall
P.O. Box 117305
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-7305

By Email:

or drop it by my office:  Turlington Hall B134

Phone: 352-392-2253 ext. 261 Fax: 352-392-6929