This new Blog complements those maintained by regional centers of the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN). Our focus here is on topics that are of relevance state-wide or perhaps beyond, while those of the regional centers understandably have a more regional focus. The Florida Public Archaeology Network was established at the University of West Florida by the Florida Legislature in 2004 with operation beginning in 2005. Our mission is to promote and facilitate the stewardship, public appreciation, and value of Florida’s archaeological heritage through regional centers, partnerships, and community engagement.
FPAN has a Coordinating Center at the University of West Florida (UWF) and eight regional public archaeology centers across the state. These are located in Pensacola (operated by UWF), Tallahassee (UWF), St. Augustine (Flagler College), Cocoa (Florida Historical Society), Ft. Lauderdale (Florida Atlantic University), Ft. Myers (Florida Gulf Coast University), Tampa (University of South Florida), and Crystal River (University of South Florida). Our centers are staffed by professional archaeologists who are well versed in Florida archaeology and who are experts in a wide range of specialty topics in terrestrial and underwater archaeology.
This Blog will take advantage of the broad knowledge of our FPAN experts to bring you information on topics that we believe will be of interest and importance to the general public who are interested in Florida archaeology. We may also from time to time invite other professional archaeologists to contribute to this discussion on Topics in Florida Archaeology!
William B. Lees, PhD, RPA
Executive Director, Florida Public Archaeology Network
University of West Florida