BE A PART OF HISTORY IN SUMMER 2019!
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR
THE 2019 UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOL
Summer Session A: May 13-June 21
Fort Mose Historic State Park
(St. Augustine, Florida)
Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, or Fort Mose, was a
fortified settlement founded in 1738 by the Spanish governor of Florida, and
populated by recently emancipated Africans as a defensive element to St.
Augustine. The leader was an escaped
African known as Francisco Menendez.
The first fort was attacked and destroyed by the British
under General Oglethorpe in 1740 but was reestablished in 1748, and a second
fort built in 1752. It was ultimately
abandoned in 1763, when Florida was ceded to the British at the end of the
Seven Years War. When evacuated in 1763
to Cuba, the colony inhabitants consisted of 31 men, 34 women, and 22
Fort Mose is recognized as the earliest free African town in
the Western Hemisphere, and a source of pride and importance for the local and
greater African American community.
Rediscovered archaeologically in 1971, the second fort saw
formal excavations in 1987-88.
The 2019 field school will represent the first intensive
investigation of the settlement since the 1980s.
We will be
excavating within an African village and military fort, dating some 271 years
We also will
encounter and explore Mission period and prehistoric Native American occupations
2019 Research Goals:
Document lifeways of this African
community, including their
religious life in a Catholic dominated world. Many of the inhabitants
kidnapped directly from Africa, and may have retained their old
beliefs in this new land. Foodways, gender dynamics, and its life as a
military outpost will all be explored. We will also be assessing the
impacts of sea
level rise on this coastal site, to determine its viability as an
resource in the near future.
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
All students will be enrolled for nine credit hours
In addition to the standard tuition and fees payable to the
Registrar's, there will be an additional fee of between $500 and $800
student, to cover the cost of all residential rents, meals, gasoline,
artifact bags, and other miscellaneous supplies, as well as
a cleaning fee for the residences.
Lodging will either consist of dorm rooms at Flagler
College, or rental properties
in St. Augustine.
We only work weekdays, so you have the option to
stay at the field school
residences on weekends.
Deadline for Application materials is Monday
April 15, 2019
applications may be acepted, but in cases of limited seats,
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: email@example.com
or drop it by my office: Turlington Hall B134
Phone: 352-392-2253 ext. 261 Fax: 352-392-6929