Faculty and Staff

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Neill Wallis headshotDr. Neill Wallis, Associate Curator in Archaeology
Florida Museum of Natural History
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-7800, USA
Tel: (352) 273-1920
Fax: (352) 392-3698
E-mail: nwallis@flmnh.ufl.edu

Neill is assistant curator in Archaeology and Bioarchaeology at the Florida Museum of Natural History and holds an affiliate faculty appointment in the Department of Anthropology, University of Florida. He conducts archaeological research in Florida and Georgia, focusing on pre-Columbian economy and social organization. His active research projects include a multi-sited sourcing analysis of Swift Creek Complicated Stamped pottery across northern Florida and southern Georgia. In addition extensive investigations at major sites in the Suwannee River Valley, including Parnell (a Mississippi period site in White Springs) and Garden Patch (a Woodland period site in Horseshoe Beach) are discussed in a recent publication New Histories of pre-Columbian Florida.

 

Donna Ruhl staff photoDonna L. Ruhl, Collection Manager/Florida Archaeology
Florida Museum of Natural History
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-7800, USA
Tel: (352) 273-1928 
Fax: (352) 392-3698
E-mail: ruhl@flmnh.ufl.edu

Donna is Florida Archaeology and Biaorachaeology Collections manager and oversees the daily access, use, rehabilitation and maintenance, of these holdings. In addition, some of her most recent research involves the documentation and research of Florida’s ancient dugout canoes that have been exposed due to the severe drought conditions. This is a collaborative effort between the Florida Museum and other state and local institutions and the private sector to better inform and chronicle these unique artifacts. She holds a concurrent appointment in Environmental Archaeology as a Research Associate in Archaeobotany where she studies plant remains from archaeological sites (e.g., Parnell Site, Useppa Island) in Florida and the greater southeastern U.S. (e.g., St. Catherines Island shell rings) working with Florida Museum curators and other archaeologists.

 

Lindsay Bloch headshotDr. Lindsay Bloch, Collection Manager/Ceramic Technology Laboratory
Florida Museum of Natural History
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-7800, USA
Tel: (352) 273-1924 
Fax: (352) 392-3698
E-mail:lbloch@floridamuseum.ufl.edu

Lindsay is collections manager for the Ceramic Technology Laboratory and Florida Archaeology at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Her research focuses on craft production, trade, and exchange in historic and prehistoric contexts, examined through the lens of utilitarian ceramics. She has conducted analyses on collections from the southeastern U.S., Great Britain, and the Caribbean using a variety of methods including LA-ICP-MS and XRF to discover new information about these often visually generic artifacts. Currently, Lindsay is investigating the production of St. Johns pottery across peninsular Florida.

 

Ann Cordell staff photoAnn S. Cordell, Courtesy Research Scientist/Ceramic Technology Laboratory
Florida Museum of Natural History
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-7800, USA
Email: cordell@flmnh.ufl.edu

Ann oversaw the Ceramic Technology lab for more than 30 years, before retiring in 2017. She has studied prehistoric and historic aboriginal pottery from Florida, the southeastern U.S., and the Caribbean, with a specialization in petrographic analysis.  In her retirement, she continues to actively conduct research as a courtesy research scientist in the lab. 

 

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Dr. Jerald T. Milanich, Curator Emeritus in Archaeology
E-mail: jtm@ufl.edu

Dr. Milanich was Curator of Archaeology at the Florida Museum for over 30 years and an adjunct professor in the Department of Anthropology and Latin American Studies at the University of Florida. Jerry continues to research Florida’s cultural heritage and publish numerous articles and books. He is the recipient of many, prestigious state, regional and national awards from both archaeological and historical societies and was inducted as a Fellow in 2010 into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has authored or co-authored over 20 scholarly books on historic and prehistoric Southeastern U.S. indigenous peoples and received the Gold Medal Book award twice in 2013 for Enchantments and in 2011 for Hidden Seminoles.

 

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