Environmental Archaeology

Award winners group photo

Austin, Bullen 2018 student research award winners named

The Florida Museum of Natural History recently announced the winners of the 2018 Austin Award and Bullen Award for student research and significant contributions to the development of museum collections and programs. The University Teaching Committee...
Ashley Sharpe holding skull

Old teeth, new stories

UF archaeologist uses Chicxulub ‘dinosaur crater’ rocks, prehistoric teeth to track ancient humans These rocks from the Chicxulub 'dinosaur crater' were used ...
Museum doctoral examines a piece of marine shell made into an ornament.

Beyond the temples

Ancient bones reveal the lives of the Mayan working class Museum doctoral student Ashley Sharpe examines a piece of marine shell made into an ornament. The artifact was found near the ruins of houses belonging to working-class Maya people at the an...
Erin Thornton in Lab

Earliest use of Mexican turkeys by ancient Maya

As a University of Florida graduate student, one of Erin Thornton’s first assignments was to identify turkey bones from an ancient Mayan archaeological site in ...
Maya ritual

Bone collectors and sacred trash

To the Maya, throwing away the bones of hunted animals is as wasteful as throwing away the entire animal itself. In fact, it's pretty much one and the same. When you finish your chicken dinner, your next step is most likely to toss the leftover bo...