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Students uncover Florida's past at archaeological site

Students gather at Weedon Island Preserve to excavate one of Florida's most significant archaeological sites. The field school – where students learn the proper methods to conduct digs and identify artifacts - is held every two years and is part of a course at USF called Florida Archaeology.

March 9, 2022Research and Innovation

Researcher digging at a cemetery

National network to connect researchers and concerned citizens working to preserve historical Black cemeteries

USF researchers have launched the Black Cemetery Network, an interactive website that tracks African American burial grounds and cemeteries across the country, helping raise awareness about their history and to ensure what remains is preserved.

June 24, 2021Research and Innovation

Archaeology professor, Thomas Pluckhahn, shifts through soil samples with undergraduate student in Terra Ceia Preserve State Park.

USF archaeologists examine ancient response to climate change in Tampa Bay

USF archaeologists are examining two key sites along Tampa Bay’s shores to better understand the climate conditions that might have caused conflict over food resources among Native American societies. By using several archaeological methods, scientists are able to see a shift in how these estuaries were defended between 600 and 900 AD.

April 7, 2021Research and Innovation

The research team’s focus will center on Zion Cemetery, one of the first African American cemeteries in Tampa Bay, and St. Petersburg’s Oaklawn Cemetery complex near Tropicana Field. Photo by Antoinette Jackson.

Research project to recover, engage public on lost history of African American burial grounds in Tampa Bay

In Tampa Bay and across the nation, a number of African American burial grounds and cemeteries have been lost to history, neglected, abandoned, even paved over and developed on. A research project funded by a University of South Florida anti-racism initiative is seeking to recover and reimagine the forgotten history of these sacred places.

December 21, 2020Research and Innovation

Dr. Alexis Mootoo instructs a new course called

New course dedicated to promoting race consciousness wraps up first semester at USF

A new course called, “Prejudice, Stigma and Race Consciousness” was offered for the first time this semester in response to a petition signed by thousands of students over the summer that requested the university implement a course that specifically addresses discrimination.

December 10, 2020University News

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