Posts Tagged ‘University of West Florida’


U of West Florida Wraps Up Summer Field School

October 15, 2009

The underwater archaeology students from the University of West Florida’s summer field school posted their wrap up entry on the MUA. Their work provided details about 16th-century Spanish ship construction and a mid19th-century schooner. Their post also discusses their conservation efforts as well as their search for additional wrecks in Florida’s waters. You can view their final entry here:


A New Site and New Finds on a 16th Century Wreck

July 7, 2009

wf6_homeUniversity of West Florida field school students have posted two new
entries on their project journal. In the first new post they describe
finding a schooner in 7 feet of water near the shore in Pensacola Bay.
They have already posted a site plan of the wreck. In the second new
entry another group of students continued their work on the 16th-century
wreck, Emanuel Point II. They have posted a slide show of some recent
discoveries including bones, seeds, and what may be cross bow bolts.

You can see their two new entries here:

In other news…

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T. Kurt Knoerl


What does one find on a 16th century shipwreck in Florida waters?

June 23, 2009

week4tmbThe latest post by the University of West Florida’s underwater archaeology students helps answer that question. Get a recap of last week’s events and take a closer look at some of the artifacts discovered on the Emanuel Point II wreck.

You can view the post by clicking here:


Students Excavate Sixteenth-Century Shipwreck Site in Florida

June 16, 2009
University of West Florida students return to EP II 16th century shipwreck site.

University of West Florida students return to EP II 16th century shipwreck site.

The University of West Florida has begun its online project journal for summer 2009.

Co-Principal Investigator Greg Cook leads off with an entry on what students will be learning. From remote sensing to excavating a sixteenth-century shipwreck site it promises to be an exciting season.

You can view Greg’s post as well as the first student entry here:

Check back later this week for entry number three.


Underwater Archaeologists in Training Explore 16th Century Shipwreck

June 25, 2008

This week students at West Florida University transitioned their research focus from the 19th century to the 16th century. Field school operations were held in Pensacola Bay on the second vessel found from Tristan de Luna’s 1559 colonization attempt. The second vessel, Emanuel Point II (EPII), will be a major focus for this summer’s field school.

You can read the first of their two latest entries here:


Underwater photos and new information from Carleton Island and Barrett Bay were posted in a new update to The Lake Ontario Maritime Cultural Landscape Project Journal


University of West Florida Field School Examines 16th and 19th Century Shipwrecks

June 10, 2008

The University of West Florida has begun its 2008 summer field school and will post weekly updates on their progress on the MUA. This summer’s activities include excavation on a sixteenth-century shipwreck site in Pensacola Bay, remote sensing survey using magnetometer, sub-bottom profiler and side scan sonar equipment, and hull recording of a nineteenth-century sidewheel steamboat in Seminole, Alabama.

Journals like this one offer an excellent opportunity to see how future underwater archaeologists are trained. The project journal includes updates from the field, student and staff biographies, plans, drawings, historic maps, and underwater images. We hope you’ll follow along!


Check out Ben Ford’s Lake Ontario project. His latest entry talks about probing for a War of 1812 gunboat. You can access Ben’s post from our home page at: