Public involvement is the heart of the archaeology program at UWF. Archaeologists from the Institute and Anthropology Department strive to include the public every step of the way in all archaeology endeavors, large or small. This reputation of archaeological outreach brings the community and university closer together through the shared experience of uncovering the past of Pensacola and northwest Florida. Discovering and exploring sites is an exciting part of archaeology and help is always welcome! Volunteers work side-by-side with UWF students, staff and professors, sharing ideas and new insights into the past.
UWF archaeologists often provide free talks on archaeological topics and tours of archaeological sites to civic clubs, special interest groups and local schools. Many UWF excavations are conducted in places that are accessible to the community. When this is not possible, special tours or archaeology days are arranged to bring the public to the digs, whether maritime or terrestrial.
Pensacola and the surrounding area brim with indoor and outdoor museums and exhibits, many of them related to UWF excavations, that illuminate the history of the region.
Since the early 1980s, archaeology in Pensacola has been covered many times by the local, national and international media. News coverage not only exposes more people to the area's archaeology, but also increases awareness of the need to act as stewards of the irreplaceable remains of the past.
The Archaeology Institute, with its sleek and informative exhibits on Pensacola history, provides an ideal venue for large receptions or small gatherings.
While not affiliated with UWF, there are many other places in and around Pensacola where the public can learn more about the region's archaeology and history: