The Southwest Florida Archaeology and Ethnography Program is interdisciplinary, and makes use of documentary, archaeological, and environmental data in reaching an understanding of cultural practice and changes before, during, and after European contact. Research in southwest Florida and surrounding regions addresses and informs issues of specific interest to scholars.
These interests include, but are not limited to:
- Human interaction with the environment
- The emergence of social and political complexity
- The nature of cultural genesis in the multi-ethnic, post-1492 New World
- Long-term anthropogenic impacts on biodiversity
The research conducted in the program also offers information of interest to a broad spectrum of the American public and international communities, and is thus ideally suited to museum exhibitions and public education.
This work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the Ruth and Vernon Taylor Foundation, the Knight Foundation, the Maple Hill Foundation, three Special Category grants from the Florida Department of State, and the contributions of money and volunteer labor by hundreds of southwest Florida residents.